A powerful low pressure system is expected to make landfall in the South Coast of BC this afternoon, bringing high winds to much of the region.
According to Environment Canada’s special weather statement, southeasterly gusts that could potentially exceed 80 km/hr. The system will pass to the west of Vancouver Island this afternoon, and the generated winds will remain strong throughout the evening as the low moves further inland.
The winds could lead to delays or cancellations to BC Ferries sailings and widespread power outages. Strong winds are also expected for Howe Sound.
“High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break,” reads the weather warning. “Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.”
Heavy rainfall is not expected to develop until Saturday, when the region could see upwards of 50 mm.
Precipitation will fall as snow over the upper elevations, including Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Whistler Blackcomb. As for the mountain highway routes, a heavy snowfall warning of up to 15 cm has been issued for the Coquihalla Highway.