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Pacific storm unleashing powerful winds, rain, alpine snow on B.C.

Sunday, November 29th 2020, 7:00 pm - Wind warnings and special weather statements are in effect for several regions in B.C., as a strong Pacific low to bring 100+km/h gusts to parts of the coast.

It's a stormy and blustery finish to the weekend for British Columbia. An intense Pacific front is pushing onto the coast bringing powerful winds, heavy rain, and alpine snow to the province. Wind gusts could hit 100+km/h in western Vancouver Island overnight from Sunday to Monday. Wind warnings and special weather statements are in place. Meanwhile, some alpine regions could see 30+cm of snow. For more details on how strong the winds will get and when they will subside, read below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rain, strong Sunday-Monday overnight winds
  • Wind warnings in place; gusts could hit 100+km/h in western Vancouver Island
  • Freezing levels drop, alpine snow expected for mountain passes, 20-30+cm in some areas

SUNDAY INTO MONDAY: INTENSE WINDS COULD BE DAMAGING, RAIN, HIGH-ELEVATION SNOW

A frontal system from the Pacific is bringing rain to the central coast and Vancouver Island.

As well, winds will be quite powerful, with strengthening southeasterly gusts of 50-70 km/h through the day before quickly switching to the northwest, with gusts reaching 70-90 km/h in the Strait of Georgia and possibly exceeding 100 km/h western Vancouver Island during the overnight hours.

Wind warnings and special weather statements are in place for several regions. Downed trees and/or power outages are possible.

"Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage," says Environment Canada in the wind warning.

Meanwhile, the low is also bringing considerable amounts of rain to parts of the coast. While the heaviest rain will ramin in the northern coastal sections, where 50-75 mm is expected, parts of western Vancouver Island may get 30-50 mm of rain, through Monday. Considerably less for the Lower Mainland, with 10-20 mm by the time the low pushes out.

BC rain

As well, there will be heavy alpine snow to the mountain passes. Freezing levels will drop to about 1200-1000 metres through Monday. As much as 20-30+ cm of snow could drop in some of the alpine regions, with 5-15 cm in several of the passes.

The rain, snow and intense winds will dissipate by Monday afternoon.

Beyond, the rest of the week will be dry and rather mild. The dry pattern could continue into next weekend. However, a very wet pattern is likely for the north coast for the remainder of the week, extending to the central coast at times.

Stay tuned to the Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.

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