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B.C. Ferries cancel multiple sailings after Environment Canada warns that high winds could force cancellations

B.C. Ferries cancel multiple sailings after Environment Canada warns that high winds could force cancellations

Numerous scheduled sailings are available between Vancouver Island & the Lower Mainland All orders have been cancelledB.C. Ferries Sunday due high winds

“This is not a decision we take lightly, as our customers rely upon us to get them there,” B.C. Astrid Chang, Ferries manager for corporate communications, spoke to CBC News. “Safety is our number one priority. “Safety is our No. 1 priority for our passengers as well as our crew. We have been monitoring the weather throughout each day and have made the decision not to sail.”

She stated that multiple sailing cancellations have affected major routes, including Swartz Bay to Tsawwaseen (Duke Point to Tsawwaseen), Comox to Powell River (Comox to Powell River).

“We are also seeing sailing cancellations on minor routes and modified schedules due to the weather conditions.”

She stated that sailings on the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route continue to operate.

Chang said that the customer service teams were actively reaching out to customers with cancelled bookings for sailings. They are refunded and making alternate arrangements.

Sunday Wind Warning

Environment Canada issued wind advisory for most of Metro Vancouver on Sunday. This was because of the forecast of southeasterly winds of 70 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h.

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“We have a system that is approaching the south coast in B.C.,” said Gary Dickinson, Environment Canada meteorologist. “And those strong winds are expected to continue into tonight and depart sometime around midnight.”

He stated that the same system was bringing heavy amounts snow to the Sea to Sky corridor. There were approximately 20 cm of snow accumulation in Squamish Saturday night.

“Whistler also received 45 cm of powder last night,” he explained. “We are looking at another 15 to 40 cm of powder today and another 15 tonight.”

A special weather advisory has been issued for areas such as Allison Pass on Highway 3 close to Manning Provincial Park, Trans-Canada Highway and Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

Dickinson stated, “The frontal system tries to push cold air back into interior.” This is why it’s producing all the winter snow.

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