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Avalanche danger closes Trans-Canada in B.C.

01/10/2014 11:58 EST | Updated 03/12/2014 05:59 EDT
Several highways in B.C. were closed for avalanche control on Friday morning as the latest of series of winter storms dumped another blanket of snow across the province's southern Interior.

The Trans-Canada Highway is expected to remain closed for much of the morning both east and west of Revelstoke while crews deal with the avalanche conditions.

Further south on Highway 3, Kootenay Pass was also closed for avalanche control on Friday morning.

Environment Canada is warning 10 to 30 centimetres of snow is forecast for much of southeastern B.C. and the Coquihalla Summit by Saturday morning.

On the South Coast and Central Coast, strong winds of 60 to 100 km/h are forecast to hit the regions on Friday afternoon, and up to 50 mm of heavy rain is expected around Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound.

Let it snow!

The winter storms have been welcome news for B.C. ski resorts which have been suffering through one of the barest winters in recent memory.  Whistler is expected to get 15 cm in the village on Friday night.

On the slopes Whistler Blackcomb has recorded 20 cm of snow in recent days with another 38 cm forecast by Sunday.  The weather has also brought fresh snow to resorts on Vancouver's North Shore, with Cypress Mountain forecasting more snow for the weekend. In the interior Big White is reporting 20 cm of new snow in recent days as well.

The wintery conditions in recent weeks have proved tragic for many though, with nine deaths reported on snowy highways linked to the difficult driving conditions.

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