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Coastal B.C. in for wet spring

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

March 9, 2011 — People in British Columbia are ready for spring. Unfortunately, it's going to behave much like winter.

Rainy spring ahead for Vancouver and coastal areas
Rainy spring ahead for Vancouver and coastal areas

Another intense, moisture-filled Pacific low is poised to roll over the B.C. coast Wednesday, bringing rain to Metro Vancouver and Victoria and snow to the higher elevations.

It's just the latest system in a typically wet, wintery weather pattern for the coastal regions, but it has many people anxious for drier times.

The Weather Network's Oga Nwobosi recently talked to Vancouverites about what weather they'd like to see this spring. Unsurprisingly, no one said “more rain.”

“I want some warm weather,” said one man who left Alberta for B.C.'s warmer shores. “ I'm used to minus 20 or 30 so if it would be 10 degrees and sunny and I could golf, I would be pretty happy.”

Another man specifically requested “nice, mild weather, slightly breezy (with) not a lot of clouds.”

“I'm a Californian living in Canada,” he explained. “I'm not used to this much rain.”

The latest round of precipitation has officials reminding backcountry adventurers that avalanche season isn't over yet.

Snowpacks in the south coast and Vancouver Island are above normal for this time of year, and the Canadian Avalanche Centre says the fresh blanket of snow will obscure weaker layers that could still trigger slides.

More wet weather ahead

People on the south coast will have to get used to the rain for the time being. The Weather Network's outlook for spring 2011 is calling for more precipitation than normal for the region.

Elsewhere in B.C., precipitation is expected to be near normal, but it will likely be cooler than normal throughout the province.

With files from the Canadian Press

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