Environment Canada has issued a strong wind and heavy rain warning for East Coast and Inland Vancouver Island.
According to the weather agency, a series of Pacific systems will impact the B.C. south coast beginning today and lasting through Monday.
The first system will spread heavy rain over northern sections of East Vancouver Island today and tonight with rainfall amounts possibly reaching 50 mm, says the weather agency.
Winds, heading in a southeast direction are expected to clock around 30 to 50 km/h today and increasing to 50 to 70 km/h overnight before weakening and shifting to a southern direction at 30 km/h early Sunday morning.
Environment Canada cautions that wet snow is expected over higher terrain and inland areas this afternoon.
“There is still some uncertainty in the total rainfall amounts and wind speeds,” adds Environment Canada in a special statement. “Rainfall and wind warnings may be issued later today when the situation becomes clearer.”
Areas that may be impacted by the heavy rain and wind warnings include Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, Port Alberni and the Sutton Pass area.
In addition to this weather advisory, North Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii also remain under a strong wind alert with gusts expected to reach as high as 110 km/h.