A Pacific frontal system has resulted in snow developing this morning over the south coast of the province, with snowfall amounts up to 5 cm today.
Meanwhile a low developing southwest of the region will allow snow to reintensify over East Vancouver Island this evening, reaching the Lower Mainland early Thursday.
Snow is expected to change to rain through the day over East Vancouver Island and parts of Metro Vancouver on Thursday.
Amounts will be highly variable – from 2 to 5 cm near coastal regions, ranging to possibly as high as 10 cm or more over inland areas and higher elevations.
Amounts will vary depending on how quickly the warm air advances and the timing of transition to rain.
For the west coast of the island, expect some snow but mostly rain, with up to 20 millimetres of rain forecast for Tofino.
The rain is expected to continue Thursday.
Northern regions of the Island are expected to have mostly rain, but wet snow is forecast for inland regions, with as much as five centimetres.
Veronica Cooper has your Vancouver Island seven day forecast.