Ice storm catches British Columbia city by surprise

Published December 29, 2017 1,951 Views $7.48 earned

Rumble / Strange WeatherDecember 28, 2017 was the start a tough couple days for Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada. The Greater Vancouver city was hit hard by an unexpected ice storm the evening of the 28th. Although the local weather has been near or just below the freezing mark, the last couple days have been slightly warmer, hovering around zero. Tens of thousands of local residents were without power the following day, Friday, and roads were treacherous. This footage recorded by Dave Johnson shows the damage done to trees and power poles near his home.

More than 41,000 BC hydro customers were in the dark Friday after freezing rain coated much of Abbotsford and other nearby towns in a layer of ice. Police and fire departments were urging residents to stay inside and not drive unless absolutely necessary.

What a mess Mother Nature dealt out this week!