After Vancouver received a staggering 34 cm of snowfall in five days last week, the rest of January is looking decidedly wet.
Earlier today, Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver. The department notes that rain, at times heavy, is expected as an intense frontal system rapidly approaches the south coast.
The storm is expected to bring up to 80 mm of rain to the Howe Sound, the North Shore, and the northeast and central Metro Vancouver regions. Heavy downpours may cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding is also possible in in low-lying areas.
And while the heavy rainfall is expected to ease by mid day Thursday, the forecast is calling for rainfall for the rest of the week. In fact, The Weather Network is calling for rain every day for the rest of January. With this in mind, temperatures are expected to be far milder than they were last week; they aren't expected to dip below four degrees overnight, with highs up to 11.
Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast for January
Vancouver saw some snowflakes on Boxing Day, but none of the snow was really sticking to the ground at lower elevations in December. And while there wasn't any snowfall in the first week of the new year, very cold arctic air from the B.C. Interior began to make its way to the South Coast. Once it arrived, it provided the best snow-making conditions of the winter season thus far.
In addition to ideal snow-making conditions, the cold arctic air brought some chilling lows. In fact, the City of Vancouver saw temperatures dip down to minus seven or lower, with the wind chill factor making temperatures feel decidedly frigid.