BC Hydro is aiming to restore power for customers by tonight.
It follows a New Year’s Eve weekend where snow weakened trees and branches, knocking out electricity to roughly 70-thousand customers in the province.
Spokesperson Mora Scott says meteorologists did track the storm over the weekend and knew massive outages were possible.
“We never know how much damage a storm is going to do but our goals is to always make sure we have the right people and right equipment in the right places.”
Scott adds there are frustrated customers who have had power knocked out for as much as two days; she says it’s not always a quick fix.
“In some cases it’s as simple as our crews removing a tree or branch from a line, but in other cases it might be a more complicated restoration process where we have to restore a power pole, replace it, or repair damaged lines or transformers.”
The deep freeze is here
Metro Vancouver will need to get used to temperatures of minus-5 for the next few days, with highs not expected to reach above freezing at least until Friday.
“Cold air is now entrenched right across the Lower Mainland and it’s not expected to go anywhere until at least the weekend. And even when the weekend comes, we’re not going to see much of an improvement.”
Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon says slick side roads which look more like ice rinks these days are going to stay that way.
“Not much melt. You may see a little bit of melt if you’re directly in the sun, but otherwise no melt expected.”
Gordon says when you factor in the wind chill, temperatures in the Lower Mainland could feel more like minus-15.