Alerts for: Fraser Valley
4:05 PM PDT Wednesday 12 October 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:
- Fraser Valley – east including Chilliwack
- Fraser Valley – west including Abbotsford
The first in a series of powerful October storms will arrive over the BC coast tonight. Light rain will develop early this evening and then become quite heavy overnight. Many areas will see rainfall amounts in the 30 to 50 mm range before the rain eases Thursday morning.
The break on Thursday will be short-lived as the second storm is forecast to move onto the coast Thursday evening. Rain will redevelop and stronger winds are expected with this second storm.
The third and potentially most powerful storm will approach the coast on Saturday. This low pressure system will be accompanied by very strong winds and heavy rainfall, but the exact track of the storm remains uncertain. Computer weather models are predicting a range of landfalls anywhere from southern Washington State to northern Vancouver Island. A worst-case windstorm scenario for the Inner South Coast would be a landfall along central Vancouver Island. Conversely, a landfall along Washington State would not impact BC nearly as much. Stay tuned…
Total rainfall accumulations from these storms may exceed 200 mm for West and Inland areas of Vancouver Island. Inner coastal regions may exceed 100 mm with even higher amounts near the mountains.
As details concerning the precise storm tracks become clearer, warnings will be issued for multiple regions throughout the next several days.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #BCStorm.