Friday, January 10, 2014

Wet Weekend ahead for North Coast

A miniature Pineapple Express is set to make landfall on British Columbia's shores and while the weekend ahead looks wet for the North Coast, compared to the southern reaches of the province, we will seem like the dry part of the North / South divide.

The main thrust of the Pacific Frontal system set to arrive will hit the Central and South Coast hardest, with Weather Statements already issued for the Central CoastVancouver Island and Metro Vancouver areas, as to the volume of rain and intensity of wind that is anticipated through the weekend and into next week.

For Prince Rupert and the North Coast, the heaviest of the rainfall is not expected until Sunday through to Wednesday.

Rainfall totals on Sunday are expected to reach 40 to 50 mm, 50 mm of rain is expected on Monday, and another 50 mm on Tuesday.

Weather Forecasting of course does offer up surprises, so a slight shift of the weather system to the North over the weekend could bring much larger precipitation totals to the region and with it the risk of Avalanche dangers in the back country of the Northwest.

You can access the latest weather forecasts from the Environment Canada website or that of the Weather Network.

For Avalanche information the Canadian Avalanche Centre issues regular bulletins about conditions in the back country.

And as the systems come ashore, driving conditions along the North Coast and on towards Prince George could be affected, for up to date Road Reports, you can consult the Drive BC website or twitter feed.

Potentially high winds could have an impact on BC Ferries sailings over the next number of days, any changes to their schedule can be found from their Service Notices section of their website.

Any changes to Forecast or Road Conditions in the Northwest can be found through our North Coast Alerts section found at the top right hand side of the blog.

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