Environment Canada has issued a weather statement for snowfall Thursday and bitterly cold wind chill temperatures Friday. File photo.

Environment Canada has issued a weather statement for snowfall Thursday and bitterly cold wind chill temperatures Friday. File photo.

Environment Canada says a fresh infusion of arctic air will bring snowfall for most of the south coast Thursday night, giving way to bitterly cold wind chill temperatures heading into the weekend.

The special weather statement Wednesday morning is for east and inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands, along with the lower mainland up to the Sunshine Coast, and inland for Whistler and the Fraser Valley

Environment Canada says most areas will receive a few centimetres of snow starting Thursday night until late Friday, with higher accumulations forecast for east and inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley.

Snow is expected to ease Friday night, but taking its place is bitterly cold arctic outflow winds Friday night and Saturday.

Environment Canada says the strongest winds will be over Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands, Howe Sound-Whistler and the Fraser Valley.

It says those areas will get bitterly cold wind chill temperatures and reduced visibility in blowing snow.

Officials say snowfall and/or arctic outflow warnings may be issued.

Wednesday’s Environment Canada forecast shows a chance of snow beginning tonight for all regions of Vancouver Island.

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