Rainfall warning: Vancouver forecast calls for heavy rain, possible flooding

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Yesterday, the Vancouver weather forecast included a rainfall and wind warning. And while the skies cleared in the evening, another rainfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada.

On Wednesday, December 12, the department issued a rainfall warning for the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, and the North Shore. Rain is expected to be quite heavy at times, and will develop in the late afternoon or early this evening.

The rain is expected to continue through the night and into Thursday, with rainfall totals up to 60 millimetres.

The department adds that while the rain will ease up on Thursday, the continued rainfall will increase the potential for localized flooding. As such, heavy downpours may cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Yesterday, there was some significant localized flooding on roads as well as in Metro Vancouver parking lots. In fact, a number of vehicles were halfway underwater as a result of the flooding. In addition, the Columbia SkyTrain station was closed due to flooding along the Expo Line.

Vancouver Weather Forecast

Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver

If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.