Strong winds in B.C. could cause power outages, significant impacts

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Strong winds in B.C. could cause power outages, significant impacts
Strong winds in B.C. could cause power outages, significant impacts

Monday will start off relatively calm in B.C., but the incoming system will once again bring unsettled weather to the region. The system will being tracking through during the evening hours and is threatening significant impacts, such as downed trees and power outages. Forecasters warn that the worst of this system will occur on Tuesday. Details and timing, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • System will track through Monday evening into Tuesday, power outages possible

  • Rounds of snow expected for the southern Interior this week

POTENTIAL FOR A DAMAGING STORM WITH STRONG WINDS

Monday will offer somewhat of a reprieve from the unsettled conditions during the day, but another moisture-fuelled system will move in during the evening hours. This low will bring similar effects as the previous two systems that recently tracked through, but will likely have a more widespread impact.

The strongest winds will occur Tuesday morning and afternoon for west Vancouver Island, whereas the straits and the Lower Mainland will see the most impacts in the afternoon and evening.

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"Damaging winds are very likely across Vancouver Island and there will be a wide variety of impacts, including ferry cancellations on Tuesday," says The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

Gusts along coastal areas of western Vancouver Island will hit 80-110 km/h, 70-90 km/h along southern portions and the straits, and 40-70 km/h across the Lower Mainland.

The winds will shift to a southwesterly direction in the evening. Depending on how far south the low tracks, there could be significant impacts to travel and electricity, with the likelihood of downed trees and power lines.

More rounds of snow are expected for the southern Interior this week, along with some rain, with very impressive snow totals for the Rockies and Kootenay Mountains. In addition to the wet weather, frigid weather will dominate across the northern half of B.C. in the coming days.

Stay tuned to the Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.

“EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG STORM” WILL IMPACT VANCOUVER ISLAND THIS WEEK

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