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B.C. deluge to continue into Saturday

Staff writers
March 1, 2013 — A moisture-laden system has been lashing the B.C. coast with torrential rain, along with heavy snow in the higher elevations.

Still plenty of rain on tap into Saturday.
Still plenty of rain on tap into Saturday.

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV as we continue to monitor this developing system and bring you all the latest updates.

British Columbians in and around the West's largest metropolis are facing another day of torrential rains, while further inland, heavy snow drives avalanche risk to extreme levels.

The system -- laden with sub-tropical moisture -- rolled in from the Pacific on Thursday, and now looks set to soak western Vancouver Island with up to 100 mm of rain. In the lower mainland and higher elevations, the final tally could be up to 140 mm by the time it all tapers off Saturday, with between 60 and 80 mm expected in Metro Vancouver.

By 5 a.m. Friday parts of Metro Vancouver had seen more than 25 mm, while Squamish was soaked with more than 50 mm.

People in B.C. will definitely need to break out the umbrellas until Saturday.
People in B.C. will definitely need to break out the umbrellas until Saturday.

The same system that is deluging the coast is bringing heavy snow to the province's upper elevations -- up to 60 cm in some ranges.

That's got the Canadian Avalanche Centre worried. Forecasters are warning of high-to-extreme avalanche risk, especially in the Sea-to-Sky, South Columbia and Monashees & Selkirk regions.

The risk should ease off through the rest of the weekend, but only just, with avalanche risk remaining high, particularly in the Banff region.

Avalanches have claimed the lives of three people this season, and any slides this weekend could potentially be the strongest so far, enough to seriously injure or kill a person, bury cars or destroy trees and small structures like sheds.

Check out our Vancouver bureau reporter Ian Jacobs' ongoing coverage of the system. If it's safe to do so, send us your pictures and videos!

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