Vancouver, October 29: A special weather statement has been upgraded to a rainfall warning for parts of Vancouver Island.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued the warnings Saturday morning, saying rainfall totals near 100 millimetres are expected on the island’s west coast as a second atmospheric river in less than a week hammers the region.
“Periods of rain will gradually intensify to heavy rain this evening and continue through Sunday,” the weather agency’s warning reads.
The island’s east coast is also under a rainfall warning, though precipitation totals are forecast to be in the 50-millimetre range.
“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads,” Environment Canada warned. “Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.”
The rest of the island remains subject to special weather statements, which are less severe than rainfall warnings.