Sunday, April 21, 2024

Heavy rainfall warning issued for parts of Vancouver Island including the Malahat


Those travelling along the Malahat Highway are advised to prepare for adverse weather conditions as heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, is forecasted from now until this evening.

Environment Canada is warning of at least 50mm of rain, posing potential risks and hazards to motorists and residents alike.

Among the primary threats associated with this weather event are water pooling on roads and poor visibility, particularly during periods of heavy rainfall.

These conditions can significantly impede travel and increase the risk of accidents.

Additionally, there is a concern for very strong wind gusts later in the day, further complicating travel conditions and potentially causing damage to infrastructure.

Meteorologists attribute this weather pattern to a cold front moving through the region, which is expected to bring heavy precipitation to the Malahat area.

As the front progresses, rain is anticipated to intensify throughout the morning, coinciding with the potential onset of strong gusty winds by the afternoon.

However, there is some relief in sight as heavy rain is forecasted to ease into showers later tonight following the passage of the cold front.

Despite this, residents are urged to remain cautious as heavy downpours can lead to flash floods and water pooling on roadways, creating hazardous driving conditions.

There is also a warning in place for the eastern portion of Vancouver Island where 40 to 50 mm of rain is expected to fall between Nanoose Bay and Fanny Bay.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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