Wet, windy pattern continues across British Columbia, travel advisory issued
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:05 PM -
The strong frontal system that brought heavy rain, snow and strong winds to the BC Coast will be making its way into the BC Interior Saturday morning.
The system brought significant rain to Vancouver over the last 10 days. The city recorded 82.4 mm of rain from January 1-10 -- that's nearly double of what fell in the entire month of December, where 47.6 mm was recorded.
The system is expected to ease in terms of rainfall, but wind warnings continue for Metro Vancouver and the Greater Victoria Region. Strong northeasterly winds are expected though Georgia Strait Saturday evening with winds upwards of 60 km/h, gusting to 90 km/h, possible for Metro Vancouver.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald said travellers should be prepared for ferry cancellations and delays throughout the day.
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Strong inflow winds through the Strait of Juan de Fuca are also likely. Westerly winds gusting to 90 km/h are expected for Victoria bordering the Strait.
Meanwhile, heavy snowfall is expected to continue over many of the southern highway passes. Up to 15 cm of snowfall is expected near the Coquilhalla Summit, Allison Pass and Kootenay Pass by Saturday night, while areas near Rogers Pass can expect up to 10 cm.
A travel advisory was issued by the BC government for Highway 5 due to heavy snowfall and rain, and Highway 3 will be closed five kilometres west of Kootenay Pass Summit to five kilometres east of the region for snow removal.
The unsettled pattern for much of the province is expected to continue into early next week.
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With files from The Canadian Press