Weekend forecast calls for rain amidst dry weather

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The weekend weather forecast has become the new focus of hope for local area wildfire relief.

The Weather Network has today put the Sunday estimate at 10 to 15 millimetres of rain, but Environment Canada cautions it isn’t ready yet to commit to that kind of optimism.

Meteorologist Lisa Caldwell says any weekend rainfall relief will rest with an advancing, west-to-east low pressure system, which is more likely to bring heavier rains into the Fort Nelson area, than to the Fort St. John area.

Geographically speaking, she also concurred, the further south the aforementioned low pressure cold front goes, the greater the precipitation post is likely to be, at the local airport weather station.

Lisa also noted that ideally, what’s required for ‘a whole bunch of rain’ is a stalled low, but this one is likely to move through the Peace Region quickly on its way to Great Slave Lake, in the Northwest Territories.

She said when it arrives, it is also likely to result in a wind shift to the northwest, from the southwest. Not exactly what residents of Charlie Lake and Fort St. John want to hear, when the local area wildfire threat is northwest of their communities.

However, she says on balance, this low pressure system is likely to reduce rather than enhance the fire threat danger.

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