Snow and wind warnings have been issued for many areas of Vancouver Island.
Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Inland Vancouver Island, an area that includes Port Alberni.
The Danish Weather Agency says that everything from 15 to 20 cm of snow is expected between Saturday night and the middle of the day on 2 January.
“A weather system will reach Inland Vancouver Island tonight and produce snow tonight and Sunday morning. Snowfall accumulations of over 15 cm are expected before changing to rain at noon on Sunday,” Environment Canada said in its warning, which was issued before 5pm on Saturday. .
Environment Canada has also issued wind warnings for Greater Victoria, Southern Gulf Islands, North Vancouver Island and East Vancouver Island – Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.
Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and East Vancouver Island – Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay – are expected to experience southeasterly winds of 70 km / h gusts to 90 km / h from Saturday night.
The wind is expected to last until Sunday night for Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. The wind is expected to subside overnight Saturday for East Vancouver Island.
“An approaching Pacific frontal system will bring strong winds to the region. Southeasterly winds will gradually strengthen today and reach 70 km / h gusts to 90 early in the evening. Strong winds will decrease overnight.
For North Vancouver Island, southeasterly winds of 90 km / h gusts to 110 km / h are expected to last until the evening period.
“A strong frontal system approaching North Vancouver Island is generating strong southeast winds over the area. The wind will abate early tonight as the front moves across the region,” Environment Canada said on its website.
A special weather declaration warning of snow with risk of freezing rain has also been issued for East Vancouver Island – Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.
The weather agency says the region may see 5 to 10 inches of snow as a result of a Pacific frontal system.
“A frontal system in the Pacific Ocean approaching the south coast of BC will provide snow to the region. Periods of snow will continue into the night before freezing and snow shifting to rain in many regions. But over the inner sections and higher terrain of Vancouver Island “Snow is likely to continue until Sunday morning. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 cm can be expected with smaller amounts near the water,” the weather agency said on its website, adding. “Meanwhile, warm air from the front will pose a risk of freezing rain to the central and eastern parts of Vancouver Island at night and Sunday morning.”
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