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Greater Victoria could see wind gusts up to 90 km/h Tuesday night


Things are getting wild, weather wise.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for strong wind gusts over southern Vancouver Island Tuesday evening.

According to the weather agency, strong southeast winds are expected for Greater Victoria and southern Gulf Islands in the evening on Tuesday, November 29th, with wind gusts reaching upwards of 70 to 90 km/h.

The Juan de Fuca Strait area will see west winds gusting to 80 km/h overnight to Wednesday morning.

“A strong low-pressure system will approach Vancouver Island today. This will bring strong winds from the southeast to Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands this evening,” said Environment Canada in its warning.

“The risk is widespread this evening in Greater Victoria, but the higher risk area is in the eastern sections of the city near Haro Strait.”

As the cold front sweeps through early Wednesday morning, the wind direction is expected to switch to westerly. The high-risk area for Wednesday morning is in the southern sections of the city near Juan de Fuca Strait, according to the alert.

In addition to the wind warning, the Victoria area could see upwards of 5 cm of snow today.

The snow will switch to rain by late afternoon as the strong southeast flow brings milder air and higher freezing levels. However, strong winds may cause snow-covered tree branches to break and possible power outages this evening and tonight.

If you’re concerned of the road conditions, make sure to check the latest camera views from DriveBC on the highway conditions.

Victoria Buzz Staff
Your inside source for Greater Victoria happenings. Established in 2012.

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