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Thousands left in the dark, damaging winds slam B.C.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018, 9:03 PM - A damaging storm has subsided in B.C. after 73,000 customers were left in the dark across the Lower Mainland Sunday.

While all wind warnings have been dropped for the province, snowfall warnings continue for parts, including the Fraser Valley.

"A moist southwest flow will bring periods of heavy snow to the Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt tonight and Monday morning," said Environment Canada Sunday night. "Total snowfall accumulations of 20 to 30 cm are expected by Monday morning."

On Saturna Island along the Strait of Georgia, gusts over 90 km/h were observed for 11 hours straight. As of 6 p.m. local time Sunday, nearly 12,000 B.C. Hydro customers were still without power.

Meanwhile, officials closed Mount Washington on Vancouver Island after 100+ cm of snow fell in a 24 hour period.

While conditions look to be relatively calm Monday afternoon, another wave is likely to develop Tuesday. Once again, the Lower Mainland will encounter high winds, rain and high elevation snow.

"The low will continue to spin back through the Gulf of Alaska and grab more moisture," says The Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay.

North Vancouver Island could pick up 70 cm of snow, with 30-50 cm likely for parts of the South Coast. In addition to the snow, 90+ mm of rain could fall in parts of the Lower Mainland.

Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the forecast.

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