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Avalanche risk 'considerable' to 'high' on Vancouver Island due to heavy rainfall

Avalanche danger ratings are ranging from considerable to high today due to heavy rain.

Avalanche Canada said in their forecast today that rain and warm temperatures “will continue to saturate the snowpack at all elevations creating prime conditions for wet loose avalanches” on Vancouver Island.

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“Minimize your exposure to avalanche terrain during heavy precipitation if you choose to brave the weather,” the forecast warns.

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Island this week.

Environment Canada expects heavy rain to last through today and into tomorrow morning.

On West Vancouver Island, rainfall amounts of 120 to 150 mm. Inland areas should get 40 to 50 mm.

Rising freezing levels with melting snow giving rise to high stream flows and localized flooding.



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