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Rain and strong wind expected to lash southwestern B.C.: Environment Canada

VANCOUVER — An unseasonably strong low-pressure system is heading toward southwestern British Columbia, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow at higher elevations.
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A pedestrian uses an umbrella to shield themselves from the heavy rain as they walk along the shore of the harbour in Vancouver on Jan. 11, 2022. An unseasonably strong low-pressure system is heading toward southwestern British Columbia, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow at higher elevations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER — An unseasonably strong low-pressure system is heading toward southwestern British Columbia, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow at higher elevations. 

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for all of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Whistler, Howe Sound, the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver. 

The storm is predicted to bring up to 60 millimetres of rain in several of those areas.

Freezing levels will also drop as low as 1,100 metres, potentially blanketing mountain passes with snow.

Strong southeasterly winds will switch to southwest as the cold front passes on Wednesday, but the weather office says there’s some uncertainty about the track of the storm.

Environment Canada says weather warnings could be issued as wind and precipitation amounts become clearer. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2022. 

The Canadian Press