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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Rain and strong wind anticipated to hit southwest B.C., Environment Canada says


Key takeaways: 

  • A particular weather statement results in much of the region; wind cautions for most of Vancouver Island.
  • Environment Canada has given certain climate statements for all of Vancouver Island.

An unseasonably robust low-pressure system runs toward southwestern British Columbia, getting solid winds, heavy rain, and snow at higher elevations.

Environment Canada has given special climate statements for Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Whistler, Howe Sound, the Fraser Valley, and Metro Vancouver.

The storm is expected to get up to 60 millimeters of rain in several regions.

According to Environment Canada, freezing levels will also fall to as low as 1,100 meters, which means mountain passes will be covered with snow.

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Environment Canada has given certain climate statements for all of Vancouver Island

According to a special climate statement, up to 10 centimeters of snow will fall on the Coquihalla and Highway 3 from Wednesday night till Thursday morning. Up to five centimeters is predicted to drop Trans-Canada Highway overnight.

Strong southeasterly winds will change to the southwest as the cold front hands on Wednesday, but the climate office says there’s some delay regarding the storm’s track.

Wind signs are in effect for the coastal regions of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, with expected winds of 80 km/h gusting to 100 km/h Wednesday morning. Environment Canada stated that exposed coastal areas could see gusts of up to 110 km/h.

“Damage to buildings, such as roof shingles and windows, may happen,” the caution reads. “Loose things may be thrown by the wind and cause harm or damage.”

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