Rainfall warning issued for B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson.  Heavy rainfall could start Friday evening in many parts of Northeast B.C. with total amounts up to 60 mm by the time the storm ends Saturday evening.

See the full warning for the region below.

11:30 AM PDT Friday 26 August 2016
Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • B.C. North Peace River
  • B.C. South Peace River
  • Fort Nelson

Rain, at times heavy, is expected.

Heavy rainfall will occur over areas of northeastern British Columbia beginning early this evening. Total rainfall amounts up to 60 mm are expected by Saturday evening.

An upper trough of low pressure is moving into northern British
Columbia from Yukon Territory this afternoon. This mornings showers will eventually give way to heavier rainfall tonight and through Saturday afternoon. The rain will taper off late Saturday as the upper trough drifts further into Alberta.

The highest amounts up to 60 mm will fall over the higher elevations of the Muncho Lake Provincial Park region, along the Rocky Mountains and southern portions of the Fort Nelson Region, and the Peace River region. Communities away from these areas, such as Fort Nelson and Tumbler Ridge, can expect lesser rainfall amounts on the order of 25 mm.

Accompanying the heavy rain will be cooler, single digit temperatures and strong northerly winds with gusts to 60 km/h.

If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

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