Organizers and athletes at the 2010 Olympics will receive real-time weather information thanks to the instalment of a new Doppler radar outside Whistler.

The radar will provide forecasters with information on weather systems in the Callahan Valley, on Whistler Mountain and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the federal government announced Saturday.

It will help athletes prepare for conditions and keep spectators and locals safe by helping to forecast storms that could impact the Games.

Environment Canada is spending $13.4 million on weather services, a wind profiler and a network of automated weather stations.