Northern British Columbia residents are being warned to prepare for the next atmospheric river to hit the province.

Environment Canada has issued winter storm warnings for the inland sections of the North Shore, McGregor region, and Pine Pass on Highway 97, while special weather statements were issued for Haida Gwaii and the coastal sections of the North Shore.

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There were also snow warnings for a large swath of northern BC, including the Prince George and Stuart-Nechako areas.

The weather system, which is expected to move to the region from Saturday to Monday, is forecast to bring between 100 and 150 millimeters of rain to Prince Rupert, with between 30 and 90 millimeters in other coastal areas.

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Inland areas could see 10 to 20 centimeters of snow.

The BC River Forecast Center also issued a flood watch for the north coast, including Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Hartley Bay, Kemano, and the surrounding areas.

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In the wake of devastating floods and landslides in southwestern British Columbia, the alerts prompted the Ministry of Public Safety to issue a rare weather advisory, urging people to be prepared for all weather conditions.

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In a press release asking people to “prepare for torrential rains and strong winds,” the province urged people to stay away from swollen streams and rivers.

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He advised residents to watch the weather forecast carefully, take steps to protect their homes from flooding, watch for falling trees and branches, and be prepared for power outages.

Motorists were also urged to slow down and drive according to conditions, and never drive through floods.

The weather system is forecast to move to the southern coast in a weakened state by Monday.

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