LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – Depending on where you plan to spend your long weekend, you’ll want to brace for lots of rain.
Downpours are expected around parts of the region for the rest of the day, with some areas expecting heavier showers.
A rainfall warning is in effect for the Fraser Valley region, with rain expected to taper off Friday morning. Up to 70 millimetres of rain is in the forecast for some areas, with communities near the mountains expected to receive the most rain.
A November-like pattern headlines your short term forecast: Periods of heavier rain today & tonight, high 13. Look for the sun to come out on #GoodFriday afternoon. The rest of your #EasterWeekend trends drier and sunnier Saturday-Sunday. @NEWS1130 @BT_Vancouver
— Russ Lacate (@NEWS1130Weather) April 18, 2019
If your Easter long weekend plans take you to Whistler, Meteorologist Russ Lacate says you’ll want to pack your rain gear.
“It could be a stormier start to your long weekend in Sea to Sky country, with heavier rain north of Squamish today and into Good Friday,” he says. “And an elevated freezing level means that downpours will also be targeting Whistler. I think if you are heading north, the best of the bunch will be Saturday as conditions turn sunnier, but perhaps only for one day.”
If you’re looking to avoid the November-like weather this weekend, Russ says your best bet might be to head east into the southern interior.
“Your B.C. southern interior destinations barely get a few lighter showers for the next 36 hours, and the snow-line in the neighbouring mountain passes — it is very high, so you won’t be encountering any snow squalls along your drive,” he says.
Russ adds the sun is expected to come out across the Okanagan all weekend — Saturday, Sunday, and even Monday!
Maybe your plans include a trip over to the Island this weekend. The forecast is mixed with some sun, but Russ says it unfortunately also includes more rain.
“It’s a narrow window of brighter weather. It clears up Good Friday afternoon for a sunnier Saturday in Victoria, but the clouds and the ever-present chance of spring showers, they return for the back half of this long weekend.”
Things aren’t looking much better south of the border to start off the long weekend, either. In fact, Russ says you’ll need to exercise some patience.
“The rain will keep coming in waves across Puget Sound today and tonight, and most of Good Friday, too.”
But, things look up once those showers have passed.
“The payoff is back-to-back sunnier and warmer days. That Easter Sunday temperature approaching 20 degrees near Seattle.”