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Rainfall warning for Fraser Valley after flooding hits Metro Vancouver

10/23/2014 02:40 EDT | Updated 12/23/2014 05:59 EST
Environment Canada is warning of heavy downpours, localized flooding and water pooling in B.C.'s Fraser Valley, as pedestrians, cyclists and drivers continued to battle through the rain in Metro Vancouver Thursday morning.

Hope was drenched in 33 mm of rain Wednesday night and an additional 15 to 25 mm is expected to fall Thursday, according to Environment Canada.

Meanwhile, Metro Vancouver saw between 20 and 40 mm pour down on Wednesday night, causing localized flooding Thursday morning, as leaves clogged up storm drains.

On Wednesday night, CBC news Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe posted this Instagram video, showing heavy rain coming down in Downtown Vancouver.

On Thursday morning, Vancouver city crews were out early, working hard to clear the leaves, as pedestrians, cyclists and drivers struggled to share the roads in the continuing downpour.

Stream levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly in Vancouver's North Shore, Howe Sound and the Sky to Sea Corridor from Squamish to Whistler, where more than 200 mm of rain has fallen in the past two weeks.

On the bright side for snowboarders and skiers, freezing levels are expected to drop on Thursday, meaning the snowline could get as low as 1,300 m by Thursday night, leaving a fresh few centimetres for those waiting for the snow season at Whistler.

Environment Canada is warning there could also be two to four centimetres of snow on the Coquihalla Highway, while one to two centimetres is expected for the Okanagan Connector at the Pennask Summit on Thursday night. 

The snow on the mountain passes is expected to be mixed with rain so expect some slushy conditions if driving the highways on Thursday night.

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