Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement cautioning Vancouver Island residents of the possibility of snow and freezing rain in the coming days.
The weather agency issued the special statement on Tuesday, calling for freezing rain to hit starting this afternoon.
The special weather statement is directed towards residents living in areas along the Malahat Highway, along the east coast and inland Vancouver Island.
The areas under the weather advisory include residents living in Cowichan Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Comox, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Duncan and Nanoose Bay, among others.
According to Environment Canada, two weather systems will merge over the area today, bringing in milder air. The agency says that surface temperatures near the water will struggle to rise above the freezing mark today with many inland areas likely remaining below zero well into the night.
Drizzle and pockets of freezing drizzle are anticipated this afternoon, followed by freezing rain or rain tonight — with the agency indicating that it is all depending on local surface temperatures.
Along with the anticipated freezing rain, inland regions near Courtenay, Comox and Campbell River will see local accumulations of 5 to 10 cm of snow tonight.
Environment Canada is cautioning about slippery surfaces that could lead to adverse travel conditions.
Road conditions can be monitored at drivebc.ca