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Another round of heavy rain, snow ahead for British Columbia

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Digital writers

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:24 PM - It's been an active week of weather for parts of British Columbia, and while Friday marks a reprieve for the water-logged, the break will be a short one.

Another round of heavy rain and mountain snow is on the way to the central and south coasts, along with Vancouver Island for the weekend, with some heavy snow on the way for parts of the Interior as well.

Read on for a look at what's ahead.

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Saturday and Sunday

The next big low started to push into the province pre-dawn Saturday, bringing heavy rain into the central coast. This system will have a bit of a struggle pushing against a ridge of high pressure creeping up from the south, but showers had started to creep into the northern Vancouver Island coast by midday, and edge into the central and south, as well as the Lower Mainland, through the afternoon. Victoria is the one exception, as the city seems poised to remain in the rain shadow for much of the day on Saturday, making for cloudy but mostly dry weather.

The heaviest of the rain surges into the central coast of Vancouver Island Saturday night into Sunday, and eases its way slowly southward through the day on Sunday. Even Victoria won't escape the rain on Sunday as accumulations up to 100 mm will be widespread across the region, with higher amounts over higher terrain.

Milder air will accompany the system, which will allow freezing levels remain relatively high - up around 1000 to 1200 m - but that means heavy snow is in the cards for ski areas, and that mountain pass travel will be impacted. Anyone with plans to head out to the backcountry to enjoy any of that new snow should keep an eye on avalanche conditions, which will be exacerbated by this new storm.

With files from Brad Rousseau

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