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Atmospheric river drenched New West with more than 85 mm of rain

Weatherhood said the precipitation in New Westminster from Monday, Dec. 4, was above the average for Metro Vancouver.
New Westminster experienced heavy downpour all day Monday, Dec. 4, as an atmospheric river passed through Metro Vancouver.

Heavy rain ruled over New Westminster on Monday, Dec. 4.

Metro Vancouver's latest atmospheric river event drenched the city in a total of 85.6 mm of rain in a 24-hour span — from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Weatherhood's data showed the height of the storm peaked at around 3 p.m. on Monday when nearly 11 mm of rain accumulated in the hour.

And the wet stuff kept on falling at a consistent pace until 1 a.m. early Tuesday morning.

New West endured the third-highest amount of precipitation in the same time frame compared to its neighbouring communities.

The following totals are from Weatherhood's stations during the atmospheric river event:

  • Burnaby West = 100.4 mm
  • Surrey City Centre = 92 mm
  • New Westminster = 85.6 mm
  • Annacis Island = 79.6 mm
  • River District = 79.4 mm
  • Port Coquitlam = 76.4 mm

What's next?

The rain will continue in New West for the rest fo the week, according ro Weatherhood, declining from an 80 per cent chance of showers tomorrow, Dec. 6 to only 30 per cent by Friday.

However, the organization is calling for possible snow by the weekend.

During a mix of sun and clouds, Saturday's forecast is showing a 95 per cent chance of the white stuff with as much as 13 mm by 6 p.m. that night.

Weatherhood's forecast for New Westminster as of Dec. 5, 2023. By Weatherhood