Wednesday, January 6th 2021, 12:20 pm - Peak wind gusts of more than 120 km/h were reported in parts of B.C. Tuesday, leading to the cancellation of ferry services, downed trees and widespread power outages.
A violent winter storm pummelled the B.C. coast Tuesday, bringing 100+km/h wind gusts to parts of the region, heavy rain and copious amounts of alpine snow.
The storm led to widespread power outages, with more than 26,000 residents left in the dark at the height of the storm on Tuesday.
#BCStorm update: Crews made steady progress through the day following some heavy winds throughout the province. Here’s a look at some of the conditions crews are facing. For the latest outage updates please check https://t.co/JY7BGL1bO4. pic.twitter.com/CSWXAhBVfk— BC Hydro (@bchydro) January 6, 2021
Parts of the north and central coasts recorded winds in excess of 120 km/h. Some of the strongest wind gusts were 137 km/h in Cumshewa Island, 131 km/h at Sandspit airport, 128 km/h in Rose Spit, 126 km/h in Bonilla Island, 122 km/h in Quatsino Lightstation, 120 km/h at Herbert Island and 114 km/h at Discovery Island, among others.
Meanwhile, an offshore wind gust of 152 km/h was recorded near Solander earlier Tuesday.
The winds were enough to bring down power lines and trees in many locations.
The storm is also bringing soaking rains, with excessive totals expected for western Vancouver Island, where 75-100+ mm of rain is possible by the time it gradually tapers Wednesday, while parts of the Lower Mainland may see 50-75+ mm of rain. Because of this, localized flooding remains a concern.
The potent system also prompted a number of ferry cancellations Tuesday including all sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, in both directions, and all sailings from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay.
Conditions will improve through Wednesday as winds ease, but there could be some lingering light snow in the higher elevations and isolated showers along the coast. The province gets a brief reprieve from the unrelenting stormy weather before the next system moves in for the pre-dawn hours Friday morning.
WATCH: ENJOY THE BRIEF DOSE OF SUNSHINE WHILE YOU CAN, IT WON'T LAST LONG:
Here's how Tuesday's potent winter storm looked across the province:
Here's a look at some of the #BCStorm damage our crews are facing in the #Comox area. Remember, if you see a fallen power line or damaged pole, it's an emergency. Please dial 911 to report. Find the latest outage updates here: https://t.co/l0LnpO4sQk pic.twitter.com/KzZKlhplMz— BC Hydro (@bchydro) January 6, 2021
In skidegate now (photo by Mary Helmer) pic.twitter.com/hhRKzLneKi— JMB 🦊 (@frowardten) January 5, 2021
Thumbnail courtesy of BC Hydro.