Environment Canada and the BC Government have both issued advisories about another winter storm that is expected to hit British Columbia over the weekend.
Initially, the weather indicated that high winds were on the way, as experts said an “intense” Pacific frontal system will bring gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour this weekend in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands, however, the storm warnings have now been expanded and will include heavy rain and snow in certain areas.
Significant snowfall and reduced visibility are expected on Highways across the province as well as potential avalanche activity and increased water flow in areas already affected by recent flooding, says the BC Government.
For Vancouver Island, residents on the east coast — including Nanaimo, Campbell River and the Comox Valley — can expect between 20-40 mm of rainfall over the weekend, with winds reaching 60 km/hr.
Winds will pick up on Friday and are anticipated to become very strong by Friday evening. The winds will switch to strong southwesterly winds and then gradually ease on Saturday morning, notes the weather agency.
Inland Vancouver Island residents in areas such as Port Alberni can expect similar conditions to the east coast.
While Greater Victoria will be getting stronger winds, Environment Canada has not issued weather warnings about rain and snow for the area.
The Province of BC is recommending residents to always wear appropriate clothing for the weather, dressing in layers with a wind and water-resistant outer layer provides flexibility for changing conditions.
“Motorists should have an emergency kit in their vehicles that includes warm clothes, winter footwear, food and water, a shovel, a flashlight, and a fully charged cell phone for emergency calls,” suggests the BC Government.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure notes that it has extra crews and equipment on standby, ready to respond as necessary to issues that may arise this weekend.
For updated road conditions, visit: www.DriveBC.ca
Similar weather statements have been issued for much of B.C.’s South Coast and the Southern Interior.