A morning of strong winds for Greater Victoria; calmer, warmer days ahead

After a morning of strong winds on Saturday, Environment Canada has ended a wind warning for Greater Victoria. At Victoria International Airport, wind gusts peaked at 62 km/h around 7 a.m. For the next few days, conditions will be calmer, with showers and highs around 9 or 10. 

A wind warning remained in place for parts of eastern Vancouver Island on Saturday afternoon, including the Campbell River area. Earlier in the day, parts of the region from Duncan to Campbell River saw snow and freezing rain, which caused traffic problems, especially on side streets.

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Power outages for several hundred B.C. Hydro customers on the Island were linked to the wind.

B.C. Ferries has cancelled numerous northern Vancouver Island sailing because of wind that's expected to gust to 90 km/h. Details are here.

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Most of coastal B.C. was under weather warnings on Saturday morning. Greater Victoria was under a wind warning, with southeast winds of 60 to 80 km/h. The winds are forecast to diminish by late morning, but it'll still be a windy day, with showers.

Snow, freezing rain and blowing snow are forecast for eastern Vancouver Island from Duncan to Campbell River. Snowfall of 10 to 20 centimetres is expected; it will likely be less near sea level. Strong winds will accompany the storm, Environment Canada said.

Inland Vancouver Island will also see snowy conditions on Saturday morning, switching to freezing rain later in the day.

Environment Canada's weather alerts for British Columbia are here.

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Earlier post: 

A storm approaching from the Pacific Ocean has led to weather warnings for all of Vancouver Island.

Central and east Vancouver Island are under a winter storm warning. Up to  20 centimetres of snow is expected to fall.

Wind warnings are in effect Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands, and west and north Vancouver Island. 

Southeast winds of 60 to 80 kilometres per hour are expected to develop after midnight and continue into Saturday morning. Morning winds should diminish to 30 to 50 km/h.

Saturday’s forecast for the Victoria area calls for a daytime high of 8 C with a few showers.

B.C. Ferries is monitoring wind conditions.

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