Update: Winter storm watch upgraded to storm warning for Whistler & Howe Sound, Wind Warning ended for Howe Sound - February 7

Feb 07, 2017
Affected Communities: 
District of Squamish, Electoral Area C, Electoral Area D, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Village of Pemberton
Status Updates: 
February 7 - 4:20 p.m. The Wind Warning has ended for Howe Sound.
February 7 - 4:00 p.m. The Winter storm watch has been upgraded to a Winter storm warning. Hazardous winter conditions are expected.


Issued at 4:20 a.m. PST, February 7, 2017 by Environment Canada:

    Winter storm watch warning details 

    Impacted areas: Electoral Area D, Squamish, Whistler, Electoral Area C

    An intense Pacific warm front will arrive late Wednesday afternoon. The front will move in from the south and spread warmer, moist air over the colder Arctic air still in place at the surface.

    Snow will start falling Wednesday afternoon and become heavy in the evening. Blowing snow will further reduce visibility in some areas. As the arm air establishes itself, there will be a risk of freezing rain Wednesday night mainly south of Squamish before the transition to rain. From Squamish through Whistler, snow is expected to persist through the night. 

    Snowfall amounts will vary from around 10 cm over southern Howe Sound to 20 cm between Squamish and Whistler. 

    Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Weather in the mountains can change suddenly, resulting in hazardous driving conditions. 

    Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

    Know before you go. Check road conditions at www.drivebc.ca

    Wind Warning details (Howe Sound):

    The wind warning has ended. 

    Impacted areas: Electoral Area D, Squamish

    Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

    Strong northerly winds near 60 km/h over southern sections of Howe Sound will increase to 70 km/h overnight as a strong warm front approaches the South Coast. These strong winds will persist through Wednesday and Thursday morning.

    Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.

    Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

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