Special weather statement issued, snow possible on parts of Island

Special weather statement issued, snow possible on parts of Island
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Snow is seen in Campbell River in January 2020.

Parts of Vancouver Island may see some early snowfall Thursday night and Friday morning.

Environment Canada said early season snowfall over higher terrain and highway passes is possible tonight and Friday morning as a modified Arctic airmass arrives on the coast.

A special weather statement is in effect for north, inland and east Vancouver Island, from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

According to Environment Canada, a low-pressure system will pass just off Vancouver Island Friday morning and move onto the Washington coast Friday evening.

Meanwhile, Arctic air will advance southward through the B.C. interior. The onset of precipitation combined with falling temperatures will bring the chance of snow and “tricky” driving conditions for Highway 19 between Campbell River and Port Hardy, Highway 28 to Gold River, and Highway 4 between Coombs and Port Alberni.

A few centimetres of snowfall is possible before becoming mixed with rain Friday afternoon, Environment Canada said.

Below seasonal temperatures will continue through the weekend on the Island. The system is expected to move out of the region Friday evening but a cold air mass settling in behind the system will ensure temperatures remain five to eight degrees below seasonal normals.

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