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Rainfall warning issued for Whistler, Sea to Sky

RMOW offering free sandbags at Public Works Yard from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A rainfall warning is in effect for Whistler and the Sea to Sky.

A rainfall warning is in effect for Whistler, with 50 to 70 millimetres expected through this evening, according to Environment Canada.

Issued early this morning, the federal agency warns of an atmospheric river that will bring with it “very heavy rainfall and rain on snow at higher elevations,” increasing the risk of flooding and landslides.

The alert covers Whistler, parts of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and East Vancouver Island.

A separate rainfall warning was issued Monday morning for the Sea to Sky, applying to Highway 99 from Squamish to Whistler.

“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible,” the alert continued. “Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.”

The rain is expected to ease on Tuesday morning.

Free sandbags are available from the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) for anyone looking to protect their property. They can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the RMOW’s Public Works Yard at 8020 Nesters Road. Outside of those hours, the public can contact the municipal roads department at 604-935-8300 for assistance.

The RMOW has also put together a list of resources to help both locals and guests navigate winter weather conditions, available here