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Winter keeps coming in Comox Valley

Comox Valley Record carrier Ruth Sander doesn
Comox Valley Record carrier Ruth Sander doesn't let a blast of winter weather stop her from delivering to readers.
— image credit: Erin Haluschak

Comox Valley residents awoke to a slushy mix of rain, snow and wind Wednesday morning, as another gust of winter slammed the area.

A vigorous frontal system crossing the Island brought anywhere from five to 10 centimetres of the rain/snow mix, with Cumberland receiving the full brunt of snow.

As well, Environment Canada issued a wind warning with winds gusting as high as 83 km/h at the Comox Valley Airport weather station.

Due to the second storm within the week, the Village lost power early Wednesday morning and power went out in some pockets elsewhere in the area.

School District 71 closed schools in the area as a result. Schools in Comox and Courtenay remained open.

Hydro poles and branches were not the only hazards to drivers across the area; DriveBC cautioned drivers to not drive on Highway 19 (Inland Island Highway) if not necessary.

Compact snow, limited visibility and strong crosswinds were causing havoc for drivers and reducing overall conditions.

Air travel was also affected by the weather, as a handful of Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal flights were delayed arriving and departing from the Comox Valley Airport.

Environment Canada is predicting the wind to ease this afternoon, with a high of 5C.

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