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Snow, high winds, power outages expected for Metro Vancouver

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 2:34 pm PDT

A woman walks across a snowy street in Vancouver on Jan. 15, 2020. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

NEWS 1130's Meteorologist Michael Kuss says snow is expected in the afternoon, with a possible five to 10 centimeters

The winds will follow for the evening touching at least 70 km/h

BC Hydro crews are on standby to deal with outages as they happen

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — More snow is on the way for Metro Vancouver with high winds, which could make for a difficult commute for drivers Wednesday.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Michael Kuss says snow is expected in the afternoon, with a possible five to 10 centimeters.

“This round will be wet and heavy and could last through the afternoon drive. The winds will follow for the evening, touching at least 70 km/h. I’m expecting power outages with branches and trees coming down under the combined snow load and wind,” he says.

BC Hydro spokesperson Susie Reider says there are crews on standby as its meteorologist continue to track the storm.

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“Our crews can activate their emergency response plans at a moment’s notice,” she tells NEWS 1130, while she assures crews will be prepared for all outages, including if street lights go out.

“We will restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” she says.

During a windstorm, Reider says trees falling on power lines are a high concern.

“They do fall on lines and cause outages in windstorms, such as these,” she says, adding customers should be prepared with a 72-hour emergency kit.

Similarily, Rieder emphasizes the threat of downed power lines and reminds everyone to stay back at least 10 metres.


“A downed line is an emergency. Call 911 if you do see one,” she says.

Winter conditions have already impacted transit, major highways, and businesses around Metro Vancouver. BC Ferries also had to cancel major sailings because of the wind.


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