British Columbia·Photos

'Magical' photos catch B.C. valley wrapped in ice after winter storm

Amid all the damage and blackouts, locals ventured out to snap stunning photos of neighbourhoods cloaked in ice.

'Despite being a royal pain, there’s something magical about storms,' says Chilliwack resident

Friday is only slightly below zero but in the morning there is risk for freezing drizzle. (Phoenix MacLaren)

When sheets of freezing rain fell over the Fraser Valley last week, it knocked out power for thousands and left much of the region covered in a slick layer of ice.

Hydro poles broke, power lines fell and tree trunks cracked open in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission — the hardest-hit areas.

At one point, more than 130,000 people lost electricity at home because of the storm. As of Monday, there were 2,600 people still in the dark across the valley as hydro crews worked around the clock to make repairs.

But amid the damage and blackouts, locals ventured out to snap stunning photos of neighbourhoods cloaked in ice.

"Despite being a royal pain, there's something magical about storms," wrote Chilliwack resident Phoenix MacLaren.

Here's a few top photo picks.

Follow CBC Vancouver on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.