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River levels rising on Vancouver Island as cold front arrives

Heavy rain expected for Malahat, snow possible for Comox Valley
Rain is expected to intensify Wednesday (Feb. 28) morning on the south Island along with the potential for strong, gusty winds in the afternoon as the cold front nears. (Black Press Media file photo)

Water worries plague Vancouver Island to wrap February with rain warnings and high stream advisories issued Feb. 28.

The provincial river forecast centre issued a mid-morning high streamflow advisory mid-morning Wednesday covering the south Island as far north as Nanaimo and the east coast as far north as Bligh Island Provincial Park. River levels in those areas are rising or expected to rise rapidly. Minor flooding is possible.

A cold front will bring heavy rain – up to 50 millimetres – from Goldstream through to Mill Bay, according to Environment Canada.

Drivers are cautioned to watch for pooling water and poor visibility, particularly on the Malahat as a rain warning is in effect for the south Island. Similar conditions are anticipated on Highway 1 Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

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Rain is expected to intensify with the potential for strong gusty winds in the afternoon as the cold front nears.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads weather in mountain passes such as the Malahat can change quickly creating hazardous driving conditions.

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