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Get ready for windy weather: strong, gusty winds expected in parts of the Lower Mainland

Last Updated Jan 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm PDT

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Summary

We could see wind gusts up to 80 km/h on Sunday

Environment Canada says some people could lose power Sunday morning

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You’re being told to prepare for some gusty winds in parts of the region this weekend.

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for the southeast and southwest areas of Metro Vancouver — including Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Delta and Langley — as well as the Fraser Valley. Winds are heading toward the region Sunday morning.

It is predicting winds with speeds between 70 to 80 km/h, with the worst of the wind coming around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

The winds are coming from a Pacific low-pressure system that will come from the south and cross Vancouver Island in the morning, moving inland toward the afternoon. A cool and unstable airmass will be creating strong gusts of wind on the south coast.

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But Environment Canada meteorologist Trevor Smith says it shouldn’t be as bad as last month’s windstorm that left thousands of people across the province without power.

“I don’t think this system will be as strong as the big December 20th storm,” he says. “We saw gusts in excess of 100 km per hour with this storm, so with this one, we could gusts to 70 or 80 km per hour.

“There is the possibility we could still see some power outages Sunday morning, but definitely not to the extent that we saw back on December 20th.”

Winter storm blowing toward Coquihalla

Meanwhile heavy snowfall with blowing snow is expected on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt.

Sunday morning there could be a lot of blowing snow, with 15 cm accumulated by late Sunday afternoon, and another 5 to 10 cm through Sunday night.

Environment Canada is warning that this could make travelling the highway difficult, so prepare for quickly-changing and worsening driving conditions.

Weather in the mountains can also change unexpectedly.

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– With files from Toby Kerr