Snowfall warning issued for eastern Vancouver Island after wintry weekend

Snowfall warning issued for eastern Vancouver Island after wintry weekend
Margaret Mac Phail
Residents in Nanoose Bay (pictured above) and other parts of Vancouver Island woke up to a surprise dusting of snow on April 10.

After a weekend full of uncharacteristic spring weather on Vancouver Island, Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for part of the Island’s east coast.

The snowfall warning is in effect for Courtenay to Campbell River and was issued just after 4 p.m. Monday.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations,” said the warning. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”

An estimated five to 10 centimetres will begin to fall early Tuesday morning and will continue through the afternoon, according to Environment Canada.

“Areas near the water such as Comox will see the snow change to rain in the afternoon as the southeast winds off the Strait of Georgia strengthen and raise temperatures,” it said. “However, areas away from the water and inland, including Campbell River will likely see snow continue through the afternoon.”

The warnings come after parts of the Island woke up to an unusual April snowfall on Sunday.

Environment Canada said the frosty weather came courtesy of a low pressure system over the southern part of Vancouver Island which produced wet snow at higher elevations.

Areas of Nanoose Bay saw upwards of 15 to 20 centimetres of snow leaving some residents in shock.

Residents in the area affected by the latest warning should check Environment Canada’s website for further updates.


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