Some areas of South Island see hail, snow

Some areas of South Island see hail, snow
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On March 4, parts of the South Island received a dump of snow.

The South Island is seeing the old saying of “in like a lion, out like a lamb” coming true with a dump of snow Monday afternoon.

Monday afternoon CHEK viewers reported seeing hail, followed by snow in the West Shore and Saanich.

The morning started off with sun, then the afternoon cloudy skies took over.

Armel Castellan, meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the burst of winter weather was concentrated on Victoria and the West Shore.

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On Triangle Mountain in Colwood, many drivers got stuck on the hill and the fire department came to prevent drivers from going up or down the hill until it could be plowed.

Traffic on Fulton Road was backed up to Sooke Road, with firefighters saying once the roads are plowed they will send drivers down, then once all the cars are down they’ll start allowing drivers to try and make their way up the hill.

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When driving in the snow, AAA says to only go out if necessary. Drive slowly and accelerate and decelerate slowly. Following distance should be increased from cars in front of you, and you should know if you have antilock brakes or not. Avoid stopping if possible, don’t apply extra gas up hill and don’t stop when going up hill.

The snow came just hours after Victoria kicked off its annual flower count, which started as a way to highlight the mild weather typically experienced in the region.

READ MORE: ‘Bragging rights’: As buds already bloom, Greater Victoria Flower Count kicks off 49th year

Do you have photos or videos of the snow? Send them in to [email protected] or submit large files here.

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