High streamflow advisory issued for Chilliwack and Lower Fraser Valley

Heavy rain and melting snow expected to swell local rivers

Heavy rains and the potential for melting snow are prompting warnings to be cautious around local waterways this weekend.

A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Lower Fraser Valley, including the Chilliwack River and its surrounding creeks and tributaries.

The advisory comes as a major weather event bears down on the west coast, bringing as much as much as 150 millimetres of rain to Chilliwack over the next few days.

The weather system is also expected to bring warmer weather, driving up the freezing level and generating more snowmelt and greater runoff.

“River levels are expected to rise rapidly in response to heavy rain,” says the B.C. River Forecast Centre. “High streamflow is expected on rivers throughout the region, with the highest flows expected on Monday and possibly Tuesday.”

Environment Canada, meanwhile, is predicting a messy start to the weekend, with snow mixed with rain and the chance of freezing rain overnight.

The slushy mix is expected to continue Saturday, until the heavier rain pushes in on Sunday.

Just Posted

New welding equipment for Hope Secondary

More time on welders for Hope high school students, thanks to new gear

Hope teens headed to BC Winter Games

Julius Brysch, 14, and Danielle Bacon, 13, are in Kamloops this weekend

UPDATE: 10-20 cm of snow expected Friday in Lower Mainland

Snowfall warning in effect from North Shore mountains out to Hope

Parents cross over painting job on 6 Ave. crosswalks

Crosswalks, not painted since September, are a safety concern for two parents

Yale First Nation project preserves elders’ memories and recipes

Community members are encouraged to share their traditional food recipes by Feb. 28

VIDEO: “Being Ts’elxweyeqw” book officially launched

Ts’elxwéyeqw tribe captures history with new book in a manner true to cultural form

Canucks fold 5-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

Daniel Sedin had two points as Canucks fall to the Golden Knights Friday night

That’s a wrap: B.C. Games results after Day 1

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 is in the lead for medals Friday at the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games

Sticking the landing at the B.C. Games

Gymnasts talk competition, B.C. Winter Games, and teamwork in Kamloops

$153M in federal cash to fund child care, education training in B.C.

Bilateral agreement will create 1,370 new infant and toddler spaces

A B.C. woman talks her life in the sex trade

A view into the life from one Kelowna prostitute and the issues it can cause for women

Twitter feed prays for — instead of preying on — B.C. MLAs

Non-partisan Christian group wants to support politicians through personalized prayer

Guards hold noon-hour protest over prison safety

Number of inmates, attacks on officers, increasing says union

UPDATE: At least two hospitalized after plane leaves runway at Abbotsford Airport

Incident occurred around noon on Friday; Transport Canada investigating

Most Read