January 21, 2018 5:00 pm
Updated: January 22, 2018 12:30 am

Scout troop among dozens left stranded on Mt. Washington after 100 cm of snowfall

WATCH: Mount Washington resort was forced to close because of heavy snowfall and the heightened avalanche risk. It was so treacherous last night that dozens of people couldn't leave, forcing them to spend the night on the mountain. Kristen Robinson has more.

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A huge dump of snow forced the closure of the Mt. Washington ski resort.

The resort was closed Sunday after receiving 80 centimetres of new snow overnight and more than 100 centimetres over the last 24 hours.

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A spokesperson for the Vancouver Island resort said a Scouts Canada troop was stuck overnight, and slept in a lodge along with about 10 other stranded people who slept on the floor.

The snow forced the closure of the road to the mountain in both directions.

Mountains on the North Shore received about a half-metre of snow on Friday and Saturday. Whistler received 60 cm of snow over the past 24 hours and more could be on the way.

Other parts of the province have also been hit by heavy snowfall. A snowfall warning remains in place for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, which could see up to 30 centimetres of snow by Sunday night.

Over the weekend, much of B.C.’s south coast was hit by strong winds that led to power outages.

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