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Heavy rain on the way for Whistler, Environment Canada warns

Special weather statement in effect for Whistler, Sea to Sky says rainfall totals could hit 75 to 150 mm over two days
rain warning Whistler BC October 2021
Whistler and the rest of Southwest B.C. is in store for a rainy weekend, according to Environment Canada.

Whistler can expect to see a wet and windy start to the weekend, Environment Canada is warning. 

The national weather agency on Thursday, Oct. 14  issued a special weather statement for the resort, predicting rainfall totals could reach 75 to 150 millimetres over a two-day span beginning Friday morning. 

The rain is a result of two successive frontal systems that are expected to cross B.C.'s South Coast from Friday through Sunday, in addition to "an atmospheric river" flowing from the southwest off the Pacific Ocean. Regions closer to the coast can also expect to see strong southeasterly winds reaching up to 40 to 60 kilometres per hour, according to Environment Canada. 

"There is a fair amount of uncertainty with the timing and location of these two systems, and how long the break will be between them, if any," the alert reads. 

The forecast also calls for freezing levels to rise to over 2000 metres on Saturday, meaning snow melt will likely to contribute to run off. Localized flooding could occur during this time.

The special weather statement also applies to western and mountainous sections of Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser valley, while a rainfall warning is currently in effect for Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast.