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Potentially damaging winds lash B.C. for a second day

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:30 AM -

After a Saturday marked by rising and potentially damaging winds, there's more of the same on the way to the British Columbia South Coast, along with at-times heavy rain in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island and significant snow in the higher elevations.

Wind warnings are still in effect in Metro Vancouver, the island, and stretching up to the central coast, with forecasters warning of winds ramping up to 100 km/h in the evening.

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

They'll be latest gusty blast to hit the region since Saturday, when winds of more than 50 km/h in Vancouver and more than 80 km/h in Victoria were recorded, and even higher further north.

This system will feel even harsher for British Columbians, thanks to a burst of rain and snow that will come with it this evening.

Rains may total up to the 30-60 mm range across much of the region with 100 mm or more expected in some pockets.

Higher up, it's the snow that will be a problem.

Environment Canada says some of the mountain passes already got up to 20 cm of snow due to the system on Saturday, as of 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

A special weather statement remains in effect for those areas, with the new system expected to deposit even more.

That system's snow effects will last through to 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.

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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