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Eight to 20 centimetres of snow in Comox and Campbell River areas

Snowfall easing on Sunday afternoon
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Highway 19A north of Campbell River on Sunday afternoon. via DriveBC March 3, 2024

Snowfall is expected to continue on much of east Vancouver Island until Sunday night due to a low pressure front off the Strait of Georgia. Monday is forecast to be mostly dry.

A snowfall alert was in place from Courtenay to Campbell River for much of the weekend but was cancelled by Sunday afternoon.

Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Wray said weather stations recorded 15 centimetres of snow in Comox and eight centimetres in Campbell River by Sunday afternoon, though there were reports of up to 20 centimetres at higher elevation.

“March tends to be kind of a strange month,” Wray said. “We can get stretches of quite warm weather and we can have stretches of what we’re seeing today. To get 15 or 20 centimetres is probably a little less common, but it does happen.”

Between two and four centimetres of snow was expected along the coast from Courtenay to Nanaimo for the rest of Sunday, with some possibility of snow falling on the Malahat highway as well, he said.

A number of bus routes in the Campbell River transit system were cancelled on Sunday.

mjlo@timescolonist.com