British Columbia

Heavy snowfall alert issued for Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for north and west Vancouver Island.

Parts of Vancouver Island could receive up to 15 centimetres of snow on Christmas Eve

A snowfall warning has been issued for the areas of north and west Vancouver Island by Environment Canada. (CHEK News)

A white Christmas is in the forecast for west and north Vancouver Island and Environment Canada is warning commuters to travel cautiously to their holiday destinations

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A Pacific frontal system moving onto Vancouver Island today has combined with cold arctic air along the B.C. coast, which is creating the snowfall conditions.

The snow is expected to begin in earnest in the morning and ease to flurries or showers by evening. Strong southeasterly winds could also cause blowing snow. 

Environment Canada says more than 10 centimetres of snow is possible, particularly for inland areas. 

Communities along the immediate coast of west Vancouver Island can expect lesser snowfall accumulations and the snow to be mixed with rain at times

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult in some locations. Drivers may have sudden reduced visibility during heavy snowfall. 

The province requires passenger vehicles to be equipped with winter tires between Oct. 1 and March 31 while travelling on almost all highways outside the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island.