Update: Environment Canada ended the special weather statement warning of snow on Vancouver Island about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A storm system could bring snow to parts of Vancouver Island and Greater Victoria, says Environment Canada.
A special weather statement said a storm system over northern Vancouver Island was expected to advance southward this evening, mixing Pacific moisture with Arctic air that has been in place over the south coast for several days.
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“Snowfall accumulations of five to 15 centimetres are quite possible, especially away from the Strait of Georgia, before the snow ends Wednesday morning,” says Environment Canada.
On southern Vancouver Island, snow is expected only at elevations above 200 metres, including the Malahat portion of the Trans-Canada Highway.
“We’re still in the winter system,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa West. “We get anywhere from one to five storms per year.”
West said an offshore high pressure system could bring more storms over the next week and a half.
“We will be watching each storm as it comes in, to look for more snow at lower elevations," she said.
Residents of southern Vancouver Island can expect this cool pattern to remain for up to 10 days.
The Environment Canada forecast for Greater Victoria was calling for rain Tuesday night, with wet snow over higher terrain. Snowfall of about four centimetres was forecast for higher elevations.
Wednesday's forecast calls for rain ending in the morning followed by a mix of sun and cloud with wet snow over higher terrain early in the morning.