The second day of 2019 is expecting to bring rain, according to Environment Canada.
The weather agency has issued a rainfall warning for East, Inland, and West Vancouver Island, and predicts a “heavy” amount of precipitation for these regions.
Weather warnings issued for heavy rain, heavy snow and very strong winds across #bc this morning for the upcoming #bcstorm. See link for more details https://t.co/9TjbLdh3Ha Tweet your rain/snow/wind reports with the hashtag #bcstorm.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) January 2, 2019
For East Vancouver Island, heavy rainfall is expected in the area. Environment Canada is calling for at least 50 mm of rain by the afternoon, and near 100 mm of rain in the Qualicum Beach to Fanny Bay region.
The rains are being attributed to a “vigorous” Pacific frontal system that is slated to stall across Vancouver Island this afternoon.
Meanwhile a wind warning is also in effect for East Vancouver Island, as winds nearing 70 km/h are expected to hit exposed coastal sections of the island and the Sunshine Coast.
For Inland Vancouver Island, the powerful frontal system is predicted to bring at least 100 mm of rain, while over 150 mm is expected to pour over West Vancouver Island.
“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads,” warns Environment Canada. “Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.”