Special weather statements have been posted across much of B-C’s inner south coast as the region waits for the first of what are expected to be two drenching rain storms due this week.

Environment Canada says rain and wind should sweep across the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, Whistler, Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley starting tomorrow night.

Up to 80 millimetres of rain could fall before the storm eases Friday — but another one, packing more rain, is expected Saturday — raising the possibility of additional flooding or landslides in areas still recovering from last week’s record precipitation.

Snowfall warnings also call for up to 30 centimetres at higher elevations of the Coquihalla Highway and there’s concern the warm temperatures linked to the incoming storms could speed snowmelt in the already saturated area between Merritt and Hope. (The Canadian Press)

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