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Environment Canada calls for powerful winds that ‘may cause damage’

A new cold weather system has moved into the region and the Metro Vancouver weather forecast includes a wind warning.
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A new cold weather system has moved into the region and the Metro Vancouver weather forecast includes a wind warning.

Environment Canada calls for strong winds that may cause damage as an arctic ridge of high pressure over the B.C. interior will intensify this morning.

A public alert for Coastal B.C. notes that strong northeasterly outflow winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 have developed over the Southern Gulf Islands, Howe Sound and Greater Victoria."

Similarly, powerful northeasterly outflow winds with gusts up to 90 km/h have developed over the western and central Fraser Valley as well as the southeast sections of Metro Vancouver including Surrey and Langley. However, these strong winds are expected to ease tonight.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.

Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast

A special weather statement is in effect for the Lower Mainland as the Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for a cold and blustery week ahead.

Environment Canada notes that the region will see a transition to colder conditions as arctic air reaches the coast by Wednesday night. The forecast notes that most coastal communities will see temperatures drop below the freezing mark, and that blustery outflow winds will yield cold wind chill values.

Arctic air will deepen as the week continues, and wind chill values are expected to dip down to -5 to -10.

People working and spending time outside are reminded to dress warmly and in layers, preferably with a wind-resistant outer layer. Travellers are encouraged to add winter emergency kits to their vehicles which include a blanket, extra clothes and boots.