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Damaging winds blast B.C.


It was a blustery day in Metro Vancouver Friday
It was a blustery day in Metro Vancouver Friday

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

November 13, 2011 — A powerful system blasted parts of British Columbia with winds up to 100 km/h Friday, knocking down trees and power lines and causing transportation headaches.

Heavy snow expected in the mountain passes through Monday
Heavy snow expected in the mountain passes through Monday

Trees on B.C.'s South Coast were sporting fewer leaves in the wake of an intense low pressure system that blasted the region Friday.

In addition to rain, ice pellets and heavy snow in the higher elevations, the system brought wind gusts up to 100 km/h to Metro Vancouver and up to 80 km/h in Victoria.

The gusts knocked down trees and power lines, leaving tens of thousands in the dark. By Saturday morning, crews were still working to restore power to some 17,000 customers on the Lower Mainland and 15,000 on Vancouver Island.

The winds forced officials to cancel ferry service between the mainland and the island.

The heavy snow was good news for ski resorts, but not for drivers: part of the Coquihalla Highway was closed in both directions for several hours while crews worked to clear the way.

Another messy system moved in Saturday night. Once again, winds gusted to 80 km/h in Vancouver and Victoria.

Heavy snow continues to fall in the higher elevations.

A special weather statement has been issued for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton.

“Snow will continue overnight and during the early hours of the morning,” says Rob Davis, a Weather Network meteorologist.

Some places could see up to 50 cm of snow by Monday.

With files from Kimberly Lamontagne and the Canadian Press

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