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Special Avalanche Warning for B.C


March 12, 2010 — A special avalanche warning has been issued for the B.C. mountains this weekend.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre has issued a special warning for the B.C. mountains this weekend, as the first real storm in eight weeks brings heavy snow to an already weak snow-pack.

The warning includes the southern Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, the Kootenay-Boundary area, and the Southern Chilcotin Mountains. It will be in effect for Saturday and Sunday.

The CAC says backcountry users are triggering avalanches fairly regularly, and that conditions in these areas will be 'very dangerous.'

'This system could bring 25 centimetres of snow to the coastal mountains today,' says Weather Network meteorologist Greg Stephens. 'Snow levels will be around 1,000 metres in Whistler's Paralympic Park.'

There were also flurries in parts of the lower mainland yesterday. However, this weekend's precipitation will mostly fall as rain in cities like Vancouver and Victoria. 10 to 30 millimetres is possible today.

For more details on what you can expect with this weekend's system in British Columbia, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on television. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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