Arctic outflow hits Nanaimo, Greater Victoria remains clear

Arctic outflow hits Nanaimo, Greater Victoria remains clear
CHEK News' Skye Ryan
A winter snow-storm hits Nanaimo.

Overnight flurries have landed on parts of Vancouver Island, but for most of the southern region, conditions remain clear.

Environment Canada has issued two separate special weather statements for Greater Victoria and inland sections of the Island, warning residents in these areas to expect anywhere from two to 10 centimetres of snow and gusting winds with speeds up to 60 km/h Wednesday.

While it may seem sunny outside this morning in Greater Victoria, things aren’t looking as bright up Island where a snowfall warning has been issued, covering most of East Vancouver Island, with five to 15 centimetres expected today and tonight.

(A snowfall warning for East Vancouver Island was issued around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.)

Motorists are urged to drive with caution as low temperatures such as this make up the key ingredient in ice build-up on roadways, leaving streets slippery and impacting traffic.

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Currently, there are no road closures to report as a result of the weather. Traffic cameras from DriveBC’s website show some snow buildup on the shoulder of the Malahat, but clear pavement throughout the Greater Victoria area.


Today’s weather follows a period of heavy winds that left thousands without power earlier this week.

READ MORE: B.C. windstorm that left thousands without power eases, but arctic outflow up next for Vancouver Island

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop over the course of this week, with lows reaching -5 degrees Celsius Thursday night.

(Victoria’s 7-day weather forecast)

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