West, inland and east Vancouver Island are under rainfall warnings as another storm is set to arrive by Saturday Night, says Environment Canada
- West and inland Vancouver Island may see up to 100 millimetres of rain by Monday morning.
- East Vancouver Island can expect 50 to 70 millimetres in areas between Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay, also by Monday.
Light to moderate rain is expected throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning. The rain will taper off around mid-day until it picks up again Sunday evening.
Matt Loney, a senior meteorologist with Environment Canada, says Tofino will most likely be the hardest hit, getting 10 millimetres per hour for four to five hours tomorrow.
“[The storm is] what we call an ‘atmospheric river’, essentially a long stream of moisture coming in from latitudes around or just north of Hawaii,” said Loney.
Higher elevations such as the Port Alberni Summit on Highway 4 may see accumulating snow before a warm front move across and snow changes to rain later Sunday morning.
Environment Canada also warns that localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible, and advises the public to watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.
No warning has been issued for the North and South Island. Victoria is expecting 20 to 30 millimetres of rain.