Vancouver Islanders have been getting their fair share of winter weather over the past few days and it is expected to last a little longer as snow is in the forecast.
Environment Canada says that “significant amounts of snow” are expected across Vancouver Island, beginning Friday night.
“Pacific moisture associated with an approaching frontal system will collide with the arctic front along Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands,” reads a statement from Environment Canada.
According to the weather agency, the snow will begin falling close to midnight on Feb. 12 and last through Saturday morning.
Experts are estimating that snowfall accumulation could reach 10 to 25 cm in areas, with the higher accumulation occurring closer to Juan De Fuca Strait.
In addition, Environment Canada notes that strong easterly winds will give areas of poor visibility.
As of Friday, the northern region of Vancouver Island is the only area that isn’t under the winter storm warning. The west coast, east coast, inland region, Greater Victoria and Southern Gulf Islands have all been issued the weather advisory.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow,” reads a statement from Environment Canada.
“Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays,” the statement adds.
Vancouver Islanders have seen temperatures drop over the last few days as an arctic outflow has blown through certain areas bringing wind chills between -10 and -20 degrees celsius.