Wind and rainfall warnings issued for Metro Vancouver as intense storm blows through region

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It’s a blustery morning for several Metro Vancouver communities as a Pacific frontal system moves through the region, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rains.

Early Tuesday morning, a wind warning was in effect for Metro Vancouver’s southeast and southwest areas, including Surrey, Langley, Richmond, and Delta. Environment Canada cautions the strong winds could cause damage.

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Southeasterly winds of 60 to 80 km/h have been whipping across the region, however they are expected to ease this afternoon as the front moves inland. However, Tuesday night, the weather agency warns that strong westerly winds up to 70 km/h are expected to develop over Greater Victoria near Juan de Fuca Strait this evening. The winds will ease Wednesday morning.

With the winds blowing through the southern communities in Metro Vancouver, residents can expect objects and debris in the air, as well as challenging driving conditions.

Meanwhile, a rainfall warning is in effect for portions of Metro Vancouver, including Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and West and North Vancouver. Those areas are due for the most rainfall of this storm, and they could see 40 to 60 mm of rainfall Tuesday.

As the system weakens this evening, Environment Canada says the rainfall will taper off.

While rain appears in the seven-day forecast, temps will warm up slightly starting Thursday, moving into the 9-10C zone. Tuesday’s forecast for Metro Vancouver is for a high of 7C, while Wednesday’s is for a high of 6C.

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