Ottawa, November 22: A second “atmospheric river” rainstorm is expected to hit the still flooded Canadian province of British Columbia, according to Environment Canada.
The rainstorm will dump up to 100 millimeters of rain in some areas, and flash floods and water accumulations are possible, as well as localized flooding in lower areas, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Environment Canada also warned of heavy snowfall in interior parts of the province on Sunday, saying the snow could turn to heavy rain as the temperature rises.
Some 20 to 30 centimeters of snow has already fallen since Saturday and more snow is expected Sunday before strong and warm southerly winds start to melt this snow.
The British Columbia government on Sunday called on its residents to prepare for heavy rains and high winds.
The government declared a state of emergency last Wednesday due to flooding and mudslides caused by the first “atmospheric river” rainstorm which lasted for a few days. At least four people have died in one of the multiple mudslides.
Atmospheric rivers are long, high plumes of moisture-laden air that can bring precipitation lasting several hours or days of varying intensity to the west coast of North America.