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Here is why localized flooding is possible in Metro Vancouver this weekend

Environment Canada calls for a dramatic change in the weather.
A Pacific system will bring heavy rain and warmer air to Metro Vancouver on Saturday, December 23, 2022.

Environment Canada warns that localized flooding is possible in Metro Vancouver as snow melts and heavy rain falls over the weekend. 

A rainfall warning issued Friday (Dec. 23) afternoon calls for total amounts of 25 mm to 50 mm in most of the region. Some areas, such as North Vancouver and northern sections of Coquitlam and Maple Ridge, may expect 60 to 90 mm of rainfall. 

Late Friday afternoon or night, the freezing rain and ice pellets are expected to change to rain. Following this, a Pacific system will bring heavy rain and warmer air to the region on Saturday. The rain is expected to intensify through the morning with the heavy rain tapering off in the late afternoon or early evening. 

Localized flooding is possible in low-lying areas, while higher elevations may see "winter conditions." Additionally, there may be some slippery surfaces before the ice and snow melt completely. "Ice falling from infrastructure may give rise to injuries and damages."

Before that, however, Friday afternoon is forecasted to see more frigid weather. 

Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast

Photo via Environment Canada

Looking ahead, however, no more snow is included in Environment Canada's weekly forecast. Instead, a run of warm, wet weather is expected

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