Environment Canada warns residents of specific areas of Vancouver Island about a new “atmospheric river” weather system that is expected to cause heavy rains over the next few days.
The weather agency says a prolonged period of heavy rain is expected to hit the island from Monday night and last until Wednesday.
The atmospheric river will pour heavy rains on the central coast, northern Vancouver Island and western Vancouver Island, according to Environment Canada, with the agency specifically demarcating areas north of Tofino, including Zeballos and Tahsis.
Experts from the agency suggest that rainfall will be between 100 and 200 mm over the extended period.
The rain will affect the central and northern coast of Vancouver Island starting tonight and will spread to western Vancouver Island in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Strong southerly winds over the exposed coastal sections are also expected to affect the island on Tuesday morning as well.
“Heavy showers can cause water to build up on the roads. There may be localized flooding in low-lying areas. Increased freezing levels and melting snow can help increase runoff,” he says. an Environment Canada statement.
This atmospheric river marks the third storm in less than a week to hit the west coast of Vancouver Island.