Despite the snow that has already started falling on parts of the Island, all school districts in Greater Victoria have reported they will be open and operating as usual today.
An alert from Environment Canada is calling for “another round of winter” as 10 cm of snow is expected to hit the Island by Saturday morning.
Areas further from the water and over high terrain receiving the most accumulation such as the Malahat, Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Lake. Areas closer to the water, including downtown Victoria, will see upwards of 5 cm of snow.
Your Friday night plans may be in danger as Environment Canada is reporting “quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions” with “rapidly accumulating snow” that could make travel difficult over some locations, but the threat of snow will end by early Saturday morning.
Wind and snowfall warnings have been issued for Greater Victoria with strong outflow winds gusting to 90 km/h that will develop this evening over the Fraser Valley, southeastern Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.
Visibility may be reduced due to blowing snow. The winds are expected to continue into Saturday.
Another snowfall warning has been issued for Malahat Highway from Goldstream to Mill Bay, cautioning drivers to drive carefully and use winter tires and chains when driving in the mountains.
Road conditions are available at www.drviebc.ca
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