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Another storm to hit B.C., bringing heavy rain and strong winds

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Meteorologist Mark Madryga has the afternoon forecast for British Columbia and the heavy wind and rain expected to hit British Columbia on Monday. – Jan 4, 2021

Another Pacific storm is set to hit B.C. Monday and pack a punch moving into Tuesday.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for the central coast, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island including Greater Victoria, Haida Gwaii, the north coast, the southern Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast.

The strong southeasterly winds will pick up Tuesday, according to Environment Canada, and will reach between 70 and 90 km/h.

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The strongest winds are expected over exposed coastal sections near the Strait of Georgia, Haro Strait, and the Southern Gulf Islands, reports the weather agency.

A rainfall warning is also in effect for West Vancouver Island where 100 millimetres or more will fall on Tuesday, meteorologist Mark Madryga said.

In the Lower Mainland, up to 50 millimetres of rain is expected on Tuesday, especially closer to the mountains.

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Madryga said the North Shore mountains will receive “a significant dump of snow.”

A snowfall warning has been issued for the Sea-to-Sky highway and Whistler with up to 20 cm of snow by the end of the day Tuesday.

B.C. has had a stormy start to the new year with one storm after another bringing rain, wind and snow.

From Dec. 30 to Jan. 4 a total of 88.3 millimetres of rain fell in Vancouver, making it the city’s wettest six days in more than two years, according to Vancouver Weather Records.

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Tuesday’s storm is expected to be the last major stormy weather system to hit the region for a while.

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