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STORM WATCH: BC hit with two storms this weekend

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 3:37 PM -

Two storms are making their way into British Columbia bringing a messy mixture for the weekend.

"The storm should develop later Saturday morning. It's going to come in two rounds. The first system will bring snow today with another round developing Sunday afternoon into Sunday night," said Doug Gillham, meteorologist at the Weather Network.

Both systems will bring a mixture of wet snow and rain to the coastline, and moderate snow inland.

"One of the keys is large range in accumulation over short distances based on elevation and distance from the water," Gillham said. "Near sea level we'll see a mixture of rain and snow. Places above 100 meters such as Burnaby should see more snow."

Snowfall accumulations could range from just a few cm at the Vancouver and Victoria airports to 10 to 20 cm in elevated areas. EC issued a special weather statement for Vancouver to warn about the possibility of 5 cm. of snow. It is not expected that Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the Sunshine Coast see snowfall persist through the day.

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Wind will also be an issue during the storm. Up to 50 km/h speeds will affect the east coast of Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.

"There will be gusty winds, mostly over the lower mainland of Vancouver, especially in the lower Fraser Valley region like Abbotsford."

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