Snow, rain and wind hit mid-and-north Vancouver Island

Snow, rain and wind hit mid-and-north Vancouver Island

WATCH: Higher elevations received 70 centimetres of snow Monday while sea level was buffeted by strong winds and rain.

A big fall storm that hit Vancouver Island Monday brought heavy snow to alpine areas of the mountains including Mount Washington.

“The weather is awesome, there’s lots of snow so it’s going to be a good season,” said Katy Storring. “We just came up here to get our seasons passes.”

About 20 centimetres fell on the resort in the latest round of snow and officials say with temperatures Monday hovering right at 0 degrees Celsius, the conditions were perfect for building a base.

Wind warnings were up for most of the island all day long and by mid-afternoon BC Hydro was still trying to get the lights back on for almost 5,000 customers on the north island alone.

At Goose Spit in Comox, the strong winds made it look like the power lines were stretching between poles.

As usual in any windstorm, kitesurfers made their way to the spit Monday.

“Yeah that’s why I moved here because of the spit,” said Gary Arnold. “The wind at the spit it’s terrific and when it blows from the southeast it’s really excellent wind, it’s really fun to do.”

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