In the grips of a sub-zero snap, last weekend’s snowfall is only a taste of what old man winter has to offer.

A weather advisory has been issued by Environment Canada for Southern and Eastern sections of Vancouver Island.

Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands, inland Vancouver Island and East Vancouver Island, from Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay, are all still under a special weather statement.

Mainroad Contracting crews are deploying extra trucks in anticipation of what could be a major snow event.

“We have all of our trucks cycling through our mechanical bay just making sure they’re greased up and ready to go,” said Chris Cowley with Mainroad Contracting.

For just one day of work, they’ll need more than 65,000 litres of brine to ensure roads are clear for drivers.

According to Environment Canada, snow is expected on the South Coast overnight Thursday and Friday, with bitterly cold arctic outflow winds coming Friday night and Saturday.

“We’re looking at generally light snowfall amounts down by the water, but as you move inland those amounts are really going to increase,” said meteorologist Matt MacDonald with Environment Canada.

While the exact timing and amount of snow that will fall remains unclear, meteorologists are predicting up to ten centimetres of snow for parts of Greater Victoria and east Vancouver Island.

“It will be different than last weekend because the ground is already below freezing, so the snow will begin to accumulate right from the onset,” MacDonald explained.

The Arctic outflow will be strongest over Howe Sound-Whistler, the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands.

Wicked winds of up to 90 km/h are expected to develop Friday night in areas near the water.

Those areas may experience possible damaging winds, bitterly cold wind chill values and reduced visibility in blowing snow.

Ceilidh Millar