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British Columbia in for another round of stormy weather

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 9:04 PM -

British Columbia is in for another round of stormy weather

A Pacific frontal system approaching the coast Sunday will bring another round of damaging winds over British Columbia's South Coast, along with at-times heavy rain in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island and significant snow in the higher elevations.

Environment Canada has issued widespread wind warnings for the South Coast, where wind gusts may exceed over 100 km/h. 

"These winds could be damaging at times through tonight," warned Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.

The winds are expected to ease through the overnight, however picking right back up for the morning hours through the afternoon. 

In terms of rainfall for the Central and South Coast, residents can expect and additional 30-60 mm of rain with 100 mm or more expected in some pockets. 

Snow is the story for higher elevations. 

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the mountain passes, where an additional 20-30 cm of snowfall is expected through Monday.

With all that snow, the Canadian Avalanche Centre has been warning of high avalanche risk across much of the province all weekend.

Drive B.C., meanwhile, warned motorists to expect delays on the higher highways through the weekend, due to occasional closures as avalanche prevention crews do their work.


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At least one person was caught in an avalanche on Saturday and killed, although two other snowmobilers managed to escape.

As for what's ahead, Vaswani said the weather will continue to be messy for the next little while.

"Rain for the coast and snow in the mountains continues as this unsettled pattern is expected to go on for next week," she said.


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