Highway cameras on the Malahat show there is snow falling, and sticking, between Butterfield Road and South Shawnigan Lake Roadon Tuesday morning.
Johnson Zhong, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the snow is expected to continue into the late morning with about four centimetres expected on higher elevations.
Zhong tells CHEK News in a phone interview that an unstable airmass is causing the snow at higher elevations, but it is not expected to snow anywhere except the Malahat.
The weather is expected to warm, but be rainy for the rest of the week, then there is a chance of snow for next week, according to Zhong.
⚠️HIGH ELEVATION SNOW⚠️
Winter driving conditions at #Malahat and #ShawniganLakeBC.
Remember to slow down and drive to conditions. pic.twitter.com/mYhi4QlVqE
— Emcon Services Inc. – South Island Division (@EmconSouthVI) April 4, 2023
Flakes can be seen on the Butterfield Road cameras, then the next camera at Bamberton shows snow beginning to stick on the ground.
The next camera at the Malahat Summit shows some accumulation on the roads, which can also be seen at the South Shawnigan Lake Road cameras.
On the Okotoks Drive cameras the roads are wet, but there does not appear to be snow.
This snow comes just days after the annual snow tire requirement was lifted on the Malahat.
March 31st marks the end of winter tire requirements on #VanIsle routes such as #BCHwy18 , #BCHwy1 #Malahat , & #BCHwy14
Pro tip: inspect tire tread depth before storing them for summer and start planning ahead now if they need replacing.@TranBCVanIsle pic.twitter.com/NgGjmXdMgw
— Emcon Services Inc. – South Island Division (@EmconSouthVI) March 31, 2023