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If you planned on getting off Vancouver Island this weekend, you may want to postpone your travels. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued weather alerts for a series of storms across British Columbia, which are expected to arrive late Wednesday, November 25th and continue through next week. 

According to reports, residents can expect heavy rain, strong wings and even snow in some areas. 

Special weather statements are currently in effect for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast. 

Winter storm, rainfall, wind, snowfall and flood warnings have been issued throughout BC’s coastal areas, including Vancouver Island. 

All regions of the coast have also been issued high streamflow advisories by the River Forecast Centre. 

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has extra crews and equipment on standby, ready to respond as necessary.

At this time, residents are asked to avoid all non-essential travel during the upcoming storms, to keep themselves and others safe as well as assist with road work and emergency vehicle access. 

If you are unsure of whether your reason for travel is considered essential, you can view a list of essential travel reasons here

The Government of British Columbia has provided resources for residents with information on preparing for severe weather and flooding.

To stay up to date with BC’s public weather alerts visit Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website.

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