• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

The Canadian Meteorological Service warns Canadians ahead of a winter storm.

According to Environment Canada, Old Man Winter is hanging around Vancouver Island, with much more snow on the way.

The meteorological service issued a winter storm warning for the North, East, and Inland Island regions, including Greater Victoria and the Malahat Highway, this morning (Wednesday).

The Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast are also affected.

15 to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall this evening from Duncan to Campbell River, mixing with rain or patchy freezing rain tomorrow morning.

That’s on top of the unusually heavy snowfall that has fallen in recent weeks in one island city.

According to the Weather Network, Campbell River was coated in 93 cm (almost three feet) of snow last month, well exceeding the average annual snowfall quantity – 84.3 cm between 1981 and 2010, according to Environment Canada data.

Another low-pressure system is approaching the British Columbia coast, with swiftly accumulating snow likely to make travel hazardous, according to forecast officials.

Locals should prepare for icy and slippery surfaces such as highways, roads, and sidewalks, according to Environment Canada, and vehicles should exercise extreme caution and be prepared to slam the brakes.

Meanwhile, Mainroad said its personnel will be patrolling the roads, which may result in some delays.

Bulldozers are pushing snow back on Forbidden Plateau Rd. in Courtenay, for example, resulting in single-lane alternating traffic.

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