Severe wind warning for Metro Vancouver: gusts of up to 80 km/hr

Dec 19 2017, 6:33 pm

Another potent frontal system has moved into the South Coast, prompting Environment Canada to issue a wind warning for Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island today.

According to the federal agency, gusts of southeast 30 km/hr winds will transition into westerly 60 to 80 km/hr winds in the afternoon. By late evening, the gusts will begin to die down to 40 to 60 km/hr.

In addition to the strong winds, up to 40 mm of rainfall can be expected across the region throughout the day.

The West Coast of Vancouver Island is taking on the brunt of the storm’s force with winds of up to 90 km/hr.

Over the weekend, big waves from the windstorm pounded the Stanley Park seawall, causing damage and a closure to a small section between Third Beach and the Lions Gate Bridge.

Over higher elevations in the North Shore mountains, heavy snowfall was reported throughout Monday, before transitioning into rain late Monday evening. Wet snowfall was even reported yesterday at Simon Fraser University on the top of Burnaby Mountain.

The freezing level over Metro Vancouver is currently 2,300 metres, far above the mountain peaks, but it will lower to 900 metres by nightfall.

Sunny and cold conditions are forecasted for the remainder of the week, beginning on Wednesday.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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