Though November has been relatively mild weather, the same can’t be said for the first week of December, with stormy weather in the forecast.
Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley are expected to have storms until Dec. 7, according to Environment Canada.
The series of storms will cumulate in a narrow band of heavy precipitation for the west coast. The narrow band of precipitation is also known as an atmospheric river, and are common occurrences in the province, especially in the fall and winter.
West Vancouver Island is expected to get heavy to very heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday during the peak of the storm.
“With four days left before the peak of the event, there is uncertainty in the storm track and therefore total amounts of snow followed by rain (on [sic] snow) also remain uncertain,” the province says in a news release.
The River Forecast Centre will closely monitor the forecast and issue advisories or warnings if necessary.
The province is advising people on Vancouver Island or in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to prepare for the wet and stormy weather in the first week of December.
Steps to prepare include:
- Protect your home by moving items higher off the ground if possible
- Create grab-and-go bags
- Recognize the danger signs of flooding
- Steer clear of river shorelines
- Do not drive through flood water
- Watch for landslide risks
- Drive for the conditions