From little to no rain over the last few weeks, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Sunday morning due to unstable conditions over the Lower Mainland.
Meteorologist Greg Pearce says there was enough of the wet stuff coming to issue a special weather statement.
“We’re likely to see some fairly heavy downpours here, we can expect to see some local areas in local spots could see as much as 25 millimeters of rain”
The special weather statement has ended, but the forecast did call for small hail, and isolated thunderstorms.
Environment Canada says those unstable conditions means things can change without notice.
Pearce says over the course of the weekend — some areas could see upwards of 40 millimeters of precipitation.
Water restrictions still in place
The rain is a welcomed sight after drought-like conditions prompted Metro Vancouver to implement Stage 3 water restrictions.
But while it may feel very wet out there — officials are warning it won’t be enough to ease the water restrictions.
North Vancouver mayor Darrell Mussatto is Chair of the region’s utilities committee.
“[The rain] doesn’t change things much, while 40 mm is a lot of rain, the reservoirs are very stressed, and they are down significantly, and we need upwards of 100 to 150 mm of rain to put them back into our normal range for this time of year.”
Mussatto says reservoirs are currently sitting at late-august early-September levels.
And he says despite the rain — that likely means no watering lawns and no washing cars right into the fall.