Snowfall warnings issued for Vancouver Island with up to 20 cm forecast


Snowfall warnings are in place for Vancouver Island from Goldstream to Port Hardy, due to a strong storm system that will begin moving across the B.C. South Coast Sunday night.

Environment Canada says the strong Pacific frontal system, coupled with chilly, below-seasonal temperatures, will bring snow to Vancouver Island tonight and into Monday.

The snow will begin this evening and is expected to intensify overnight, before gradually switching to rain or a rain/wet snow mix Monday morning.

Inland Vancouver Island and the Alberni Valley are forecast to get 15 to 20 cm.

Port Hardy and the North Island and the East Island from Cowichan to Campbell River could get 5 to 15 cm.

A highway advisory has been issued for the Malahat, which may also see 5 to 15 cm.
A special weather statement is in effect for Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands, and the Lower Mainland with 2 to 10 cm possible.

Environment Canada is advising people to be prepared for quickly changing road conditions and says there “may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas”.

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