NEWS

High winds cancel several BC Ferries sailings

03/14/2012 11:29 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

More wind and snow are forecast for southern B.C. as another winter storm bears down on the West Coast on Wednesday morning, forcing the cancellation of several BC Ferries sailings.

Environment Canada is forecasting strong southeast winds from 60 to 100 km/h for the South and Central Coast and snow at higher elevations.

The storm comes as more than 6,000 BC Hydro customers on Vancouver Island are still waiting to get power restored after a windstorm on Monday knocked out power to more than 110,000 customers across the South Coast.

But the winds on Wednesday are not forecast to be as strong as Monday and there is no wind warning in place for Metro Vancouver.

By 6 a.m. PT on Wednesday, wind gusts up to 130 km/h were recorded off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island and snow was reported on mountain passes on the west coast of the island.

By 11:30 a.m. BC Ferries cancelled sailings on several routes including:

- Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo

- Comox-Powell River

- Hornby Island-Denman Island

- Campbell River-Quadra Island

- Quadra Island-Cortes Island

- Skidegate-Alliford Bay

The winds are expected to ease by the afternoon and any snow at lower elevations is expected to turn to rain, but another storm is forecast for Thursday.

Meanwhile near the Alberta border, the Trans Canada Highway 1 was closed by an avalanche between Golden and Revelstoke around 3 a.m. It is expected to re-open by 2 pm, but avalanche control is also underway on highways 37 and 99.

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