It’s looking like a wet and blustery night on the South Coast.
Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver.
Total rainfall amounts of 50 to 70 mm are expected for Howe Sound and near the North Shore Mountains tonight and Thursday.
In addition a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver, with powerful winds in the forecast.
Meteorologist Jennifer Hay says those winds will come with a heavy dump of rain. About 30 mm tonight, and another 30 mm for the North Shore tomorrow.
She says the agency is predicting winds of up to 70 km/h for Metro Vancouver — but that they could end up stronger.
“We’re still going to see lots of rain, and there is still going to be strong winds, but whether we are going to have ‘wind warning’ strength winds is the only thing that’s in question here. So it’s going to happen, it’s just a question of how strong it’s going to be.”
Hay says the winds should come on overnight, and will last throughout tomorrow.
“If as the night progresses we see that system is tracking more directly at us and is looking stronger than some of the models are predicting, we will be issuing warnings if required.”
Environment Canada has also issued a Wind Warningfor Greater Victoria, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands and East Vancouver Island with expected wind speeds of 60 to 80 km/h over exposed coastal sections.
BC Hydro says it has deployed extra crews on Northern Vancouver Island, and is watching the situation closely.