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Avalanche warning for South Coast mountains after heavy snow

An avalanche warning is in place across the South Coast as a major snow storm brings new snow and an unstable snow pack to the North Shore mountains.
Avalanche Canada has issued an avalanche warning for South Coast mountains, which includes the North Shore. The warnings comes as a major snow storm hits the coast.

Avalanche Canada has issued a warning to all South Coast backcountry users that avalanches are highly likely Monday, as a new snowstorm brings with it unstable snowpacks.

Issued Sunday (March 13) evening, Avalanche Canada wrote it is “confident the likelihood of avalanche will increase with the arrival of the forecast weather,” as it expects to see 40 – 70 cms of new snow by Monday evening.

The warning affects all mountains in the South Coast region, including the backcountry accessible from the North Shore mountains, including Mt Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain.

“Storm slabs will be deep and reactive, with 70-120 cm of new and recent snow sitting over a slick crust,” Avalanche Canada wrote.

No elevation or slope is immune to the warning; the high danger rating begins below the treeline on all faces of the mountains and runs right through until Tuesday morning.

More information and forecast can be found at the Avalanche Canada website.

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