(Mount Washington)

On Monday, November 29th, Avalanche Canada issued an “extreme” avalanche warning for Vancouver Island’s alpine areas. 

The warning follows the provinces’ recent heavy rainfall and new snow in alpine areas. 

According to Avalanche Canada, the mixture of heavy rain and snow is a recipe for dangerous avalanche conditions as snowpack has been affected at all mountain levels.

Travel to alpine areas is not recommended at this time.

According to Avalanche Canada, alpine conditions are expected to improve throughout the week with avalanche risk dropping to low on Thursday.

According to Environment Canada, parts of Vancouver Island could receive up to 200 mm of rain from now until Wednesday.

The weather agency warns a new ‘atmospheric river’ weather system is expected to bring heavy rains this week

Central, northern, and western Vancouver Island will be hit especially hard, particularly the region from Tofino north to Tahsis and Zeballos.

This atmospheric river marks the third storm in less than a week to hit the west coast of Vancouver Island.