Environment Canada warns of heavy rainfall for Metro Vancouver's North Shore, Coquitlam, and Maple Ridge

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      It's time to pull out the galoshes from the closet and make sure windshield wipers are working properly.

      That's because Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of heavy rain and gusty winds for parts of Metro Vancouver on Thursday (September 20) and Friday (September 21).

      The greatest precipitation is expected on the North Shore and over Howe Sound, though heavy downpours will also pelt the northeast sector of the region.

      They will become more intense Thursday evening and will continue through Saturday (September 22).

      In total, 50 to 100 millimetres of rain are anticipated by Saturday morning as a result of two Pacific disturbances.

      "Southeast winds will increase late this afternoon ahead of the first system," Environment Canada said in a statement this morning. "Communities near Georgia Strait will feel the strongest winds with speeds reaching 40 to 60 km/h for most of tonight and Friday. Given the much drier than normal conditions experienced this summer, some drought-stressed trees could be more susceptible to wind damage at these moderate speeds."