Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winter Storm Creates Treacherous Driving Conditions in Southern B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winter Storm Creates Treacherous Driving Conditions in Southern B.C

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Southern B.C. slammed by winter storm

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VANCOUVER - Freezing rain and heavy, wet snow from the latest winter storm to batter Vancouver Island and southern British Columbia left thousands without power Thursday and forced the closures of numerous highways as crews worked to clear the avalanche threat.

Power was cut to areas in Victoria, Courtenay and Duncan on Vancouver Island, as well as Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Mission and Port Moody east of Vancouver.

By late afternoon Thursday, more than 16,000 customers were still without power in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast while another 13,000 didn't have electricity on Vancouver Island.

The storm that brought branches down and snapped power lines also caused icy and snow-coated roads through the regions, creating extremely hazardous driving conditions. …

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