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'Near zero visibility' conditions as fog blankets Vancouver Island

The Environment Canada alert applies to Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island from Duncan to Nanaimo, the Southern Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Metro Vancouver. 
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Foggy conditions on the Malahat on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. Environment Canada is warning of fog again. DRIVEBC

Drivers in parts of Vancouver Island are being warned of “near zero visibility” foggy conditions Tuesday morning.

The Environment Canada advisory, which was posted just before 5 a.m., applies to Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island from Duncan to Nanaimo, the Southern Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Metro Vancouver. 

Environment Canada warns near zero visibility in fog this morning may be hazardous for travel, adding areas in fog that fall below freezing will have a risk of developing slippery surfaces. 

“If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance,” says the weather forecaster. 

“Visibility is expected to improve near midday,” says Environment Canada. Fog could redevelop tonight. 

The province’s drivebc.ca site at Highway 1 and Cowichan Road/Cobble Hill Road showed patches fog on the Malahat at about 7 a.m. 

ceharnett@timescolonist.com