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Powerful winds on way for most of B.C. South Coast, central and southern interior

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The Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 evening weather forecast for Metro Vancouver and British Columbia – Oct 24, 2019

It’s about to get a whole lot more chilly — and blustery — for much of southern and central B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for much of of Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria and Southern Gulf Islands, predicting winds of 50 to 70 km/h, with gusts as high as 90 km/h in some areas Friday.

The Fraser Valley remains under a special weather statement, with winds of 40 to 60 kilometres per hour in the forecast.

BC Ferries cancelled its 10:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. sailings of the Queen of Cowichan between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay due to adverse weather.

Up to date ferry information can be found here.

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Meteorologists say a low pressure system is expected to cross the central Interior overnight, bringing a cold front across the southern Interior Friday morning towards the coast. That’s when the winds are set to hit the Lower Mainland, North Shore and Gulf Islands.

Southerly winds between 40 and 60 km/h are expected through the morning and afternoon as the front moves toward Washington state.

The Okanagan and Thompson regions will likely see 70 km/h winds. In the Fraser Canyon, including Lillooet and Lytton, the gusts could reach as high as 80 km/h.

But the weather service issued a full wind warning to residents in the 100 Mile House, Cariboo and Chilcotin areas — including Williams Lake and parts of Highway 97.

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On Friday, Environment Canada said those areas could see winds between 70 km/h to 90 km/h, which could cause damage and create hazardous driving conditions.

“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage,” the wind warning says. “High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”

The winds are expected to die down throughout the province by early Friday evening.

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