Thousands of people in the Fraser Valley remain without power following a winter storm that Environment Canada is warning will continue today.
A majority of the customers impacted are in Abbotsford and Mission, according to BC Hydro, which says crews have been deployed to many of the outages.
“Difficult conditions and extensive damage may mean longer outage durations for some customers,” it said in a statement. “Individual restoration times may vary and will be provided when available. The safety of the public and our crews remains our top priority.”
In Abbotsford, the largest outages as of 9:30 a.m. were in the Clearbrook and Townline Hill areas where more than 3,000 residences were affected, and on Sumas Mountain in the Batt Road area.
Freezing rain continues to affect customers in the #Abbotsford #MissionBC areas. We'll be responding to an outage affecting 3200 and will have the latest info once crews arrive: https://t.co/QNjMqiMwsd pic.twitter.com/gpav33ONNp
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) December 29, 2017
Mission was even harder hit, with thousands more affected, including much of the Hatzic area and most of the District north of 7th Avenue and east of Cade Barr Street.
Good morning everyone! Please use caution while driving this morning. Some branches have fallen on the road due to the heavy ice and we have reports of black ice in certain area. Be safe out there!
— Abbotsford Police (@AbbyPoliceDept) December 29, 2017
The Fraser Valley was hit with freezing rain beginning Thursday morning and it is expected to continue throughout Friday.
In its newest alerts, Environment Canada says a strengthening storm just west of Washington State will be sending warm, moist air into the Fraser Valley region, causing more freezing rain for Abbotsford, mixed with winter storm warning for Chilliwack and Hope.
In Abbotsford, freezing rain will likely begin near mid-morning and last through mid-evening before the wind shifts to onshore and precipitation becomes a rain-snow mix, forecasters warn.
In Chilliwack, residents can expect freezing rain throughout the day, before switching to snow. About 20 cm is expected to fall overnight.
In Hope, heavy snow is the main threat, Environment Canada says, with 20 to 30 cm expected between Friday and Saturday.
— The Hope Standard (@HopeStandard) December 29, 2017