Environment Canada issues snow, wind and storm warnings on the Island

Environment Canada issues snow, wind and storm warnings on the Island
Snow is shoveled Tuesday at the Harbour Air terminal in Victoria.

Environment Canada has updated its warnings for Vancouver Island, with snow, wind and winter storms on the way.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning that says accumulations of snow could be as much as 30 centimetres by Wednesday morning on Southern Vancouver Island.

The snowfall warning is for Greater Victoria, west and inland Island, and the east region from Duncan to Nanaimo and the Malahat Highway from Goldstream to Mill Bay, and the Southern Gulf Islands.

The weather service says after 10 to 15 centimetres Tuesday, a low-pressure centre will approach the Island and snow will intensify during the night.

Another 10 to 15 cm is expected to fall for southern Island by the morning, before easing off.

Shortly before 5 p.m., the weather service also issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and from Duncan to Nanaimo.

Environment Canada says southeast winds of 70 to 90 kilometres-per-hour will develop in Greater Victoria early Tuesday night, and spread out later in the night.

And late Tuesday afternoon, a winter storm warning was placed for East Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

Snow is expected to intensify along with increased winds by Wednesday night, causing blowing snow and poor visibility.

“Coastal areas will see temperatures rise above freezing Wednesday overnight and may see precipitation change to rain,” Environment Canada says.

“However, inland and higher elevations will continue to see heavy snow until Thursday morning.”

Environment Canada is advising people to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.


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