Heavy rain and strong winds in the weekend forecast have prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement for Greater Victoria and the Malahat.
The weather agency said an atmospheric river will bring continuous rain and mild temperatures to the south coast from Saturday night to Sunday night.
That period will see significant amounts of rainfall and other warnings about rain will likely be issued leading up to Saturday night, Friday morning’s weather statement said.
Environment Canada also warned motorists taking the Malahat stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway that weather can change suddenly at high elevations, resulting in potentially dangerous driving conditions. Mild temperatures will elevate snow levels and precipitation along highway passes will fall as rain, the weather statement said.
Strong southeast winds are also expected to develop through the Strait of Georgia on Saturday night and Sunday, Environment Canada said.
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