Shake out your umbrellas and dust off your boots – more rain is slated for Vancouver Island in the coming days.
Black Press Media spoke with Lisa Erven, a meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, to understand the scale of the stormy weather headed towards Vancouver Island over the next week.
According to Erven, at least three more atmospheric rivers are forecast to hit the coast of B.C. over the next seven days, with parts of the Island in their path. While the forecast isn’t as dire as it was from Nov. 13 to 15, Environment Canada is asking residents to be cautious as heavy rain hits for days in a row.
The first storm is predicted to impact north and west Island communities on Wednesday (Nov. 24) morning, with rain moving down to Nanaimo and Greater Victoria in the afternoon. Wet conditions will continue until Thursday night.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Nov. 23, Environment Canada issued rainfall warnings for north and west Vancouver Island, with the regions slated to get 100 to 150 and 50 to 100 mm of rain, respectively. South Island will see around 20 mm in the same time period.
After a day’s break, a second atmospheric river will bring at least 20 mm of rain to the Greater Victoria region starting overnight Friday (Nov. 26) or early Saturday (Nov. 27) and continuing through the weekend.
“It’s hard to pinpoint rainfall amounts (in advance),” Erven said. “There’s a chance we could see more precipitation with that second storm.”
While Environment Canada is still tracking how things might evolve, a third storm will likely arrive early next week and affect parts of Vancouver Island.
Erven noted that with so much rain in the forecast, residents should prepare for local power outages, and have a backup plan in case communities are impacted – especially as hard-hit regions continue to rebuild already damaged areas.
“With things being so sensitive at the current time, it’s better to be over prepared,” she said.
Despite bracing for the rainy week ahead, Erven noted the severity of last week’s atmospheric river was rare –bringing 80 to 100 per cent of normal November rainfall in just three days. For example, Victoria International Airport saw 78.5 mm of rainfall on Nov. 15 alone.
Erven reminded Vancouver Island residents to keep an eye on the Environment Canada website for updates.
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