Wind warning remains in effect for Metro Vancouver

Dec 18 2020, 9:08 am

A wind warning issued by Environment Canada for Metro Vancouver on Thursday remains in effect today.

In an alert, the national weather agency states a “vigorous” frontal system will approach the South Coast Friday morning and “spread strong winds and heavy rain to the region.”

The warning is in effect for:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster;
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver;
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley;
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest, including Richmond and Delta.

“Southeast winds of 70 km/h will develop this morning over the exposed areas of Sunshine Coast; central and northern sections of East Vancouver Island as well as the Southern Gulf Islands and Greater Victoria. The strong southeast winds will spread to the exposed areas of Metro Vancouver and southern sections of Howe Sound this afternoon,” notes Environment Canada.

The weather agency warns that as a result of the high winds, “loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”

The winds are expected to ease and shift to northwest 40 km/h late Friday afternoon or early evening as the front passes through.