Eruption of rain and snow in southwest BC on Friday – BC News

25 cm forecast for highways

Heavy rain and snow approaching drenching southwest BC

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement affecting Highways 3, 5 and 99 in addition to the Lower Mainland and Howe Sound.

The total rainfall is likely to be between 40 and 80 mm on Friday and Saturday. Snowfall is estimated at 15 to 25 cm at mountain passes – Whistler, Coquihalla Summit and Allison Pass.

Wind speed 60km/h, speed will reach 80km/h.

A moist Pacific frontal system will reach the BC south coast on Friday morning.

“Front will produce 40 to 60 mm of rainfall amounts for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Rainfall of 80 mm or more is possible near the North Shore Mountains and Howe Sound,” says Environment Canada.

“The freezing level with this system will be between 500 and 1,000 metres. Whistler and high-altitude mountain trails, especially Highways 3, 5 and Sea to Sky, can expect heavy snowfall.”

“Strong southeasterly winds will accompany the front. Strongest winds are expected in areas of the Strait of Georgia from Friday night through Saturday morning,” concluded Environment Canada.

Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton and Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lilleut only have essential travel restrictions, while Coquihalla is closed. B.C.’s highway network has been in a dire state since last month’s devastating floods.

Long-range forecasts suggest that the system will bring minimal snowfall to the Okanagan Valley on Sunday and Monday.

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