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Snow, rain and strong winds: a stormy start to 2021 for British Columbia

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#It will be a stormy start to the new year in many parts of #British #Columbia with heavy snowfall, rain and strong winds.

#Meteorologist #Yvonne ##Schalle said this ‘parade of storms’ will continue over the weekend and strong winds will accompany each storm.

#Winds have affected BC #Ferries crossings in the past, so travelers are advised to check their itinerary before setting off.

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    </div>  #Les cols de montagne de la province verront de fortes pluies se transformer en neige à mesure que la température baisse, a déclaré ##Schalle.

#In addition, a series of systems will continue to produce snow for the northern interior coast.

#Environment #Canada issued a snow warning for ##Williston and #Highway 97 – #Pine #Pass with at least 15cm of fall expected #Saturday morning.

The north coast, including #Stewart, could see about 10 inches of snow through #Saturday.

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#Hwy 3 from #Hope to #Princeton and the #Coquihalla #Freeway are also under a #New #Year’s #Day snow warning with 15 to 25cm expected on #Saturday morning.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for #Highway 3, from #Paulson #Summit to #Kootenay #Pass, with dangerous winter conditions forecast, according to #Environment #Canada.

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#This series of storms will move through the interior of #British #Columbia over the next few days, bringing “heavy snowfall” to many mountain passes.

#According to #Avalanche #Canada, the avalanche risk is high on the #South #Coast and #Sea-to-Sky #Mountains, which means the risk of man-made avalanches is very likely.

There are warnings at all three mountain levels – alpine, treeline and below and backcountry or out-of-bounds travel is not recommended.

#In addition, closures of mountain highways are possible over the next few days as teams will likely have to carry out avalanche control. #Anyone traveling should be prepared with very warm clothes, snacks, water and at least a cell phone charger.

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#Other areas of the province can expect it to get wet with rain warnings in effect for #Howe #Sound, #Metro #Vancouver, including the #North #Coast, #Coquitlam and #Maple #Ridge.

#Environment #Canada said rain would be heavy at times, especially from #Saturday to #Saturday evening.

#Total rainfall amounts of 100mm or more are forecast with the possibility of localized flooding in low areas.

#Heavy rains have caused a high flow advisory over #Vancouver #Island, including western, central, southern and eastern regions, and for the south coast, including tributaries around the #Sunshine #Coast, #Howe #Sound, #Squamish, ##Lillooet #River, #North #Shore #Mountains, #Metro #Vancouver, #Fraser #Valley and surrounding areas.

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#According to the #River #Forecast #Center, in the past 48 hours, parts of #Vancouver #Island have received 75 to 200 millimeters of precipitation.

#Frost levels are expected to rise and could reach 2,400 meters, according to the center.

#Rivers are expected to reach their highest flows on #Saturday or #Sunday depending on the timing and intensity of the precipitation, however, additional storms may arrive early next week.

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#Northern and eastern #Vancouver #Island and the north coast are also under a wind warning and strong winds are expected to sweep the area.

#Environment #Canada said the winds could knock down trees and power lines and cause blackouts.



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