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UPDATE – STORM READY – An Unseasonably Strong System Late Tuesday Night into Wednesday, Strong Winds, 5-10cms of Snow for Coquihalla

Fraser Valley (FVRD) – May 18 UPDATE from Environment Canada –

11:35 AM PDT Tuesday 17 May 2022
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Fraser Valley – central including Chilliwack
  • Fraser Valley – east including Hope
  • Fraser Valley – west including Abbotsford

Strong winds beginning tonight for the South Coast.

Locations: Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, Whistler, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley.

Wind: Strong southeasterly winds of 40 km/h gusting to 60 over the mainland coast and southeasterly up to 60 km/h gusting to 80 for parts of Vancouver Island Wednesday morning. Winds will switch to gusty southwesterlies of 40 km/h gusting 70 late Wednesday morning or as the cold front passes. The strongest southwesterly winds are expected over parts of East Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Victoria Wednesday afternoon and may gust to 80 km/h.

Other hazards: 40 to 60 mm of precipitation over higher terrain of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, and North Shore Mountains.

Time span: Tonight through late Wednesday.

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1:15 PM PDT Tuesday 17 May 2022
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt
  • Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass

Periods of snow expected over higher elevation passes.

Location: Coquihalla Summit and Highway 3 – west of Allison Pass.

Time Span: Late Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning.

Hazards: Snowfall amounts near 5 to 10 cm and strong southwesterly winds.

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Fraser Valley residents should be aware of an unseasonably strong low-pressure system that may impact the area by Wednesday bringing strong winds.

The low-pressure system will make landfall on Vancouver Island Tuesday night bringing strong southeasterly winds and heavy precipitation to much of the south coast. The storm will be accompanied by freezing levels of 1100 to 1500 m which means precipitation will fall as heavy snow in the mountains.

As the cold front passes, winds will shift to strong and gusty westerlies or southwesterlies Wednesday morning, impacting western Vancouver Island, and potentially Qualicum, Victoria, Lower Mainland, and the Fraser Valley. Strong southerlies will also funnel up the Sea to Sky.

There is some uncertainty in the exact track of the low-pressure centre. This will impact which communities see the strongest winds. As the storm nears and wind speeds and total precipitation amounts become more certain, warnings may be issued.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Read the Environment Canada alert http://ow.ly/oQwW50J9xM7

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