Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for up to 40 mm of rain today

Intense frontal system continues to hit south coast

A rainfall warning is still in effect for Metro Vancouver as an intense frontal system continues to hit the south coast.

Environment Canada made the announcement early in the morning on Thursday, Jan. 23, noting that rain, at times heavy, is expected. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue through the morning, which may cause localized flooding. 

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East Vancouver Island near Bowser is expected to receive an additional 25 mm before the rain eases this morning. However, Metro Vancouver is expected to receive the lion's share of precipitation today.

The Howe Sound, the North Shore and the northeast and central Metro Vancouver regions are expected to receive an additional 30 to 40 mm. Following this, the heavy rain is expected to ease this afternoon.

Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Metro Vancouver - central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver - North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver - northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

After Vancouver received 34 cm of snowfall in five days last week, this week's forecast is calling for seven straight days of rainfall.

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