Avalanche risk jumps to high, considerable on some B.C. mountains

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VANCOUVER - Search-and-rescue officials are warning skiers and sledders about dangerous avalanche conditions in the coming days on mountains across much of southern British Columbia.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre says the avalanche rating will jump to considerable or high on Tuesday and Wednesday for alpine and some treeline zones on mountain ranges from Vancouver's North Shore to southeastern B.C.

The centre says a slab of new snow on top of an underlying weaker layer has created dangerous conditions.

A high rating also means very dangerous avalanche conditions exist, with large avalanches considered likely and human-triggered slides considered very likely.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for the central coast, Howe Sound, inland sections of the north coast, west Columbia and Whistler regions, as accumulations of 15 to 30 centimetres are expected.

The agency forecast snow for much of Vancouver Island and the province's south coast Monday, but little if any snow fell in areas such as Metro Vancouver, where rain was the norm.

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