An Environment Canada satellite image shows a big weather system incoming from the B.C. coast.

Pineapple Express set to hit Revelstoke

A Pineapple Express weather system is expected to bring warm temperatures and lots of rain to Revelstoke this weekend.

Get ready to get wet Revelstoke.

A Pineapple Express weather system moving in from the Pacific Ocean is set to hit Revelstoke around noon, bringing with it snow that will change to rain as temperatures rise.

How much precipitation depends on where you look.

Environment Canada is forecasting 15 mm of rain tonight, with a freezing level of 1,000 metres. On Saturday, another 10-15 mm of rain is expected, with a high of 3 C and a freezing level of 1,100 metres.

On Sunday and Monday, temperatures are forecast to spike to 7 C and more rain is expected.

Avalanche Canada is forecasting similar amounts of rain for the Revelstoke area, but even higher freezing levels on the weekend. The South Columbia bulletin says freezing levels could hit 2,000 metres by Friday afternoon, 2,300 metres on Saturday and 2,500 metres on Sunday.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s forecast, which is prepared by RWDI, a meteorological consulting firm, is calling for 14 centimetres of snow today, 30 centimetres tonight, nine centimetres on Saturday and another 16 centimetres on Sunday. Freezing levels are forecast to climb to 2,500 metres by Sunday.

As a result of the incoming system, Avalanche Canada is raising the avalanche danger rating to jump to high over the weekend for the both the South Columbia and North Columbia regions.

DriveBC issued a travel advisory warning drivers of expected avalanche closures between Three Valley Gap and the Alberta border this weekend. Avalanche control is planned for Three Valley Gap on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8–10 a.m.

A Pineapple Express is a warm, wet weather system that generally originates in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii before heading east and hitting the west coast of North America.

 

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