Sea-to-Sky poses highest avalanche risk as storms hit southern British Columbia – Maple Ridge News

Motorists use the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, BC on Friday, April 23, 2021. Avalanche Canada says there is a high risk of avalanches in the Sea-to-Sky region and on the south coast as the snow melts and a series of atmospheric rivers bring up to six inches of rain to parts of the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck

Sea-to-Sky poses highest avalanche risk as storms hit southern British Columbia

Vancouver Island and South Coast are inundated by the series of torrential rains

Avalanche Canada warns of a high risk of avalanches on the south coast, the effect of a series of atmospheric rivers bringing heavy rains to the region.

The organization says the Sea-to-Sky region along the southern coast of British Columbia is most at risk with a high danger rating ranging from alpine line to tree line.

He says deep buried weak layers are likely to produce large destructive natural avalanches and he warned skiers and snowboarders to avoid avalanche terrain during the storm.

The warning comes as Vancouver Island and the south coast are inundated by the series of storms.

Environment Canada is forecasting five to 15 centimeters of rain that won’t stop until Thursday, while snow is the problem in the Boundary and Kootenay areas with 10 to 15 centimeters expected by the end of Wednesday.

The BC River Forecast Center says higher temperatures will melt mountain snow and that, combined with heavy rains, a high flow advisory warning that rivers will rise quickly with possible minor flooding in lower areas.

—The Canadian Press

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