More heavy snow hits British Columbia, snowfall warning issued in Vancouver
Monday, February 24, 2014, 7:01 PM -
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Parts of B.C. started the work week off with a huge helping of snow after a series of powerful storms brought upwards of 20 cm to the province over the weekend.
Snow continued to fall in some areas through the overnight on Sunday and into Monday morning, prompting snowfall warnings for the south coast.
Another Pacific frontal system moved across the province Monday, creating additional snowfall.
"Over East Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, a total of 10-15 cm of snow is expected today," Environment Canada says in a statement.
The snowfall warning also covers Metro Vancouver and Victoria, where 5 to 10 cm of snow accumulation is forecast.
In many areas, this is expected to change over to rain as the evening progresses.
The winter storm and onset of heavy snow resulted in several school closures on Vancouver Island Monday morning.
The Cowichan, Gulf islands, Comox and Campbell River school districts cancelled classes, while Nanaimo schools are also closed due to a previously scheduled non-instructional day.
Officials say the weather is impacting mail services as well.
"Canada Post would like to advise residents of Nanaimo, British Columbia that the current weather conditions are impeding mail delivery today. Every attempt is being made to get all the mail out for delivery but, due to the severe weather, some addresses may not receive mail today. Once the weather improves normal delivery will resume."
Meanwhile, a public advisory by the Canadian Avalanche Centre remains in effect. Skiers are being advised to avoid the backcountry until at least Wednesday due to dangerous conditions.
On Sunday, an avalanche in the Kootenay Pass region left one man dead and a woman seriously injured.