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Winter storm warning in effect for Whistler

More than 30 cm of fresh snow fell overnight; avalanche danger is high
The lineup for the Blackcomb Gondola at about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, after more than 30 cm of fresh snow fell overnight in Whistler.

In case you haven't heard the news, Whistler got the goods last night—with more on the way today.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Whistler, with "significant amounts" of snow expected today and into Thursday.

How much? Up to 50 centimetres in total, according to Environment Canada.

"A robust frontal system will continue to produce heavy snow across Whistler and the Sea to Sky highway. Nearly 20 to 30 cm has fallen across the region with a further 10 to 15 cm today," the warning reads.

"Snow may change to rain this afternoon but is expected to transition back to snow this evening. A further five to 10 cm of snow is expected tonight before the system moves out of the area. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance."

In an update at 7:45 a.m., Whistler Blackcomb said 50 cm has already fallen on the resort in the last 24 hours.

"Heavy snow continues throughout the day and into Thurs morning. The village may see rain this afternoon. Moderate winds in the alpine of 30km/hr with strong gusts of 70-80km/hr. Avalanche risk is high," the update said.

"A more benign pattern then settles in the latter half of the week in the wake of the system, with seasonally cool temperatures remaining but some sunny breaks likely returning in among sporadic light lingering flurries."

Follow @wbmtnops on Twitter for the latest on-mountain conditions.

Meanwhile, all this new snow is creating hazards in the backcountry.

The avalanche risk is currently high, according to Avalanche Canada.

"Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist at all elevations. Avoid all avalanche terrain," the avalanche forecaster said on its website.

"Widespread natural avalanche activity is expected with heavy snowfall and strong winds."

Stay safe out there friends.