Fraser Valley frozen

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.

Many residents in the Fraser Valley are still without power after freezing rain coated the region with a layer of ice.

BC Hydro crews have been trying to restore power after freezing rain knocked out power to 9,000 customers in Abbotsford and Mission on Thursday, hydro officials said. All available resources have been deployed, but the conditions are proving difficult.

Crews have been unable to provide an estimate for when the lights will come back on. This with another winter storm expected to arrive this afternoon.

The Fraser Valley is also under a winter storm warning and could see freezing rain through the day today. Caused by a strengthening storm system that formed just west of Washington State, the freezing rain is expected to last until midnight before switching over to snow.

Chilliwack is expected to see the most significant amount of ice, the weather agency warned.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

ORIGINAL: 6:15 a.m.

BC Hydro says freezing rain and winter conditions caused outages late Thursday affecting about 9,000 homes and businesses in Abbotsford and Mission.

The utility says restoration times may vary and will be provided when they become available.

BC Hydro adds that difficult conditions and extensive damage may mean a longer blackout for some customers.

The power outages come amid a winter storm watch in the Fraser Valley issued by Environment Canada on Thursday night.

The agency says freezing rain is expected to begin later in the morning mixed with up to four centimetres of snow, with another 15 centimetres of snow possible on Friday night.

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