BC Ferries cancelled multiple sailings on major routes Sunday afternoon, as strong winds battered the South Coast.
The ferry service said virtually all afternoon and evening sailings between Tsawwassen and Victoria and between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo had been scrapped due to adverse weather.
Earlier Sunday, Environment Canada issued wind warnings for Metro Vancouver and the Greater Victoria area, along with special weather statements for the Fraser Valley and the remainder of Vancouver Island except for the northern end.
Heavy snow was also forecast for the mountain passes east of the Lower Mainland.
Winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 km/h are forecast to develop throughout the afternoon in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, hitting Victoria first before moving to Metro Vancouver late in the day.
Strong winds with gusts up to 70 km/h are also expected for Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley.
BC Hydro reported more than 10,000 power outages in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast by late Sunday afternoon.
Environment Canada warned the blustery weather could toss loose object or damage property such as windows or roof shingles.
The winds are forecast to ease overnight.
Environment Canada has also issued a snowfall warning for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt and Highway 3 form Hope to Princeton via the Allison Pass.
Snowfall of between 15 to 25 cm is forecast.
“Gusty winds are also forecast through the day and could generate local areas of blowing snow leading to reduced visibilities at times,” the agency states.
Drivers are warned to ensure they are prepared for winter conditions, including being equipped with winter tires or chains.