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Warning of potential flash floods on Coquihalla as up to 90 mm of rain predicted

Highway 5 this morning, Nov. 14, 2021.
Image Credit: DriveB.C.

Following a heavy snowfall warning, Environment Canada is now warning of heavy rain on Highway 5 that will persist until Monday.

The Coquihalla could see between 60 to 90 mm of rain between Hope and Merritt today, Nov. 14 until Monday afternoon, Nov. 15, according to an Environment Canada weather statement.

“An atmospheric river event will bring heavy rain to the region beginning this morning. There is also a chance of seeing wet snow near Coquihalla Summit late this afternoon and early this evening as snow levels temporarily lower from 2200 metres to 1400 metres,” according to Environment Canada.

“Melting snow combined with heavy rain may lead to challenging driving conditions due to water pooling on the roads and reduced visibility.”

The heavy rain will likely ease Monday afternoon and turn into periods of snow.

“Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Be prepared for winter conditions at higher elevations,” according to Environment Canada.

A winter storm warning is also in effect for the Trans Canada Highway, from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Road conditions are available through DriveB.C.

To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


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