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A parade of lows hammers BC


Unsettled weather has been plaguing the coast of BC
Unsettled weather has been plaguing the coast of BC

Staff writers

November 27, 2011 — From heavy snow to drenching rain and fierce winds; one fall storm after another has been pounding the coast of BC.

Heavy snow has been piling up in the mountains
Heavy snow has been piling up in the mountains

Another system is hovering over the coast of B.C., and it's set to bring the next round of rain and snow to the province.

“Expect heavy rain on the coast and mountain snow,” says meteorologist Brian Dillon. “This round of active weather could bring 120 mm of rain to the Bella Bella area on the north coast.”

Stormy weather has been affecting the coast of British Columbia for weeks now, bringing a combination of rain, snow and gusty winds.

“It's a classic fall set-up,” says Gerald Cheng, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. “One low after another has been rolling in off the Pacific.”

A host of wind, snow and rainfall warnings were in place over the weekend. On Saturday night, a number of flood watches and high streamflow advisories were issued. Most of those have since dropped.

A mudslide cut off the communities of Port McNeill and Port Hardy on Sunday. Highways crews on northern Vancouver Island were hoping to open Highway 19 to one lane of alternating traffic on Monday.

In the mountains, heavy snow has been falling steadily for days. Difficult driving conditions prompted a Thursday morning closure of the Trans-Canada Highway from Golden to Field last week. The route was eventually reopened.

Tuesday's avalanche risk
Tuesday's avalanche risk

Ski resort operators are embracing the early snowfall, but avalanche officials say it's important to remember the risks involved with heavy snow in the mountains.

“The avalanche risk has increased over the past couple of days as the snow falls and continues to pile up,” warns Brian Dillon, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued high avalanche warnings for most of BC. Snow, along with heavy precipitation, has increased the risk for natural and human-triggered avalanches.

Motorists are being discouraged from driving through highly-elevated areas, as well as on lesser-traveled roads.

For a closer look at the weather in your area, head to the BC Cities Index.

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