Environment Canada warns of more heavy snow on parts of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issued heavy snow and cold weather warnings for parts of Vancouver Island on Wednesday evening.

A special weather report was issued for eastern Vancouver Island, including between Courtenay and Campbell River, Duncan and Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay and Fanny Bay.

Snow is expected to start falling Wednesday night and last until Thursday morning.

These areas are expected to receive between 5 and 10 cm of snow as a storm system moves over the southern coast of British Columbia this evening.

With a lot of cold air in place, this system will cause widespread snowfall that will eventually decrease Thursday morning.

Environment Canada says temperatures are expected to be below seasonal average until the end of December.

While current forecasts suggest 5-10cm of snow is likely, there is potential for locally greater amounts over parts of Vancouver Island above as well.

Environment Canada says most areas will see almost 5cm build up quickly within 3 to 6 hours overnight, when snowfall is most intense.

In all three regions, Environment Canada warns that colder temperatures can make highways, roads, sidewalks and parking lots slippery and icy.

The agency warns that visibility can be affected by heavy snow and that rapid snowfall accumulation can make travel difficult.

The agency also warns that there is an increased risk of hypothermia or frostbite, so anyone who goes outside should dress appropriately for the weather and not leave pets outside in the room. cold.

Environment Canada advises anyone driving to make sure they have an emergency kit, including blankets and a first aid kit.

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