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B.C.: Rain and high-elevation snow raise concerns over avalanche risk

Sunday, February 23rd 2020, 9:01 am - Strong winds, rain and high-elevation snow will linger into Sunday for parts of B.C.

The latest system to reach B.C. will linger somewhat into Sunday, bringing rain and strong winds for coastal regions and Lower Mainland, along with up to 30+ cm of snow in the alpine regions. Beyond is a brief break before the next round approaches later Monday. Timing and details, below.


  • Steady rain, strong winds at the coasts into Sunday
  • Heavy snow in higher elevations; 'considerable' danger level for avalanches
  • Rain will ease off Sunday evening in Lower Mainland, coastal areas, but alpine snow will linger into Monday morning
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area


A brief break in the rain and snow came to an end in the overnight hours of Saturday, and will continue for most of Sunday.

Areas along the South Coast are expected to get 30-50 mm of rain, while parts of the Lower Mainland will get 20-30 mm through Sunday.

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In higher elevations, snowfall continues in some of the major mountain passes into Sunday morning as well. The alpine regions can expect to get up to 30+cm of snow through Sunday, which is good news for the North Shore ski areas. Freezing levels will drop to 1000 m through Sunday.


The storm has also brought some strong winds, with gusts expected of 60-80 km/h continuing through Sunday morning for the north and south coastal regions including Vancouver Island. Exposed coastal areas such as Tofino could experience wind gusts exceeding 90 km/h.

The high-elevation snow and strong winds has also elevated the avalanche danger rating to considerable for many mountains and high for North Shore & South Coast.


Rain will taper off in coastal regions and the Lower Mainland Sunday evening, but snow in the Interior will linger through Monday morning.

A colder pattern is expected for early next week, but most of Monday at least will be dry, ahead of the approach of the next round of moisture by the overnight hours.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.

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