Canada B.C.: Elevated avalanche risk as next low will bring rain, strong winds, snow
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Much of the GTA is bracing for a significant temperature plunge overnight overnight and into Friday morning.The alerts are prompted by forecast temperatures of –21 C or colder, or an expected wind chill of –30.
After lingering showers ease off Saturday morning, B.C. will dry out for the afternoon hours but the break in precipitation will be brief. The next system is on its doorstep and will move onto the coast overnight Saturday, bringing rain and strong winds for coastal regions and Lower Mainland, along with up to 30+ cm of snow in the alpine regions. As a result, there is a slightly elevated threat for avalanches in the mountain passes. The wet weather will continue through Sunday. We have the timing and details of the rain, snow and avalanche risk, below.
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- Next low pressure brings steady rain, strong winds to the coast, Lower Mainland overnight Saturday, continues Sunday
- Heavy snow in higher elevations; 'considerable' danger level for 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 in your area
THROUGH SUNDAY: RAIN, WINDS FOR THE COAST, SNOW IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS
Saturday afternoon will be dry across B.C., but the break will be short-lived as more unsettled weather will head for the coast in the overnight hours and will continue for most of Sunday.
Rainfall amounts will vary with this next system. 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.
B.C.: Elevated avalanche risk as next low will bring rain, strong winds, snow
After briefly drying out for Saturday afternoon, another system will bring rain, strong winds and high-elevation snow overnight and into Sunday, increasing the avalanche threatAfter lingering showers ease off Saturday morning, B.C. will dry out for the afternoon hours but the break in precipitation will be brief. The next system is on its doorstep and will move onto the coast overnight Saturday, bringing rain and strong winds for coastal regions and Lower Mainland, along with up to 30+ cm of snow in the alpine regions. As a result, there is a slightly elevated threat for avalanches in the mountain passes. The wet weather will continue through Sunday.
In higher elevations, snowfall will spread across the major mountain passes in B.C. Saturday overnight and into Sunday morning. 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 1000m through Sunday.
Winds will also be strong with this low, with gusts expected to reach 60-80 km/h overnight Saturday 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 strong gusts will continue through Sunday morning.
The high-elevation snow and strong winds has also elevated the avalanche danger rating to considerable for this weekend for most of the mountains.
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.
Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.
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