Environment Canada issues wind warning for Metro Vancouver

Dec 17 2020, 4:33 pm

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning over parts of Metro Vancouver.

In a special 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 Friday morning over the exposed areas of Sunshine Coast, and central and northern sections of East Vancouver Island,” Environment Canada notes. The winds “will spread to the exposed areas of Metro Vancouver and southern sections of Howe Sound in the afternoon.”

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.

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