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Snowfall Warning

Issued at 15:29 Saturday 17 February 2018
Summary

Heavy flurries developing late this evening

An Arctic front will push out from the Interior towards the coast this evening accompanied by flurries. These flurries will become heavy at times from late this evening through early Sunday morning over southeastern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Snowfall accumulations are likely be quite variable within the regions ranging from a few centimetres to more than 10 centimetres locally. The heavy bands of flurries may also spread to other regions of East Vancouver Island and Greater Victoria. Stay tuned, additional snowfall warnings may be issued.

The flurries will end Sunday morning as drier Arctic air becomes entrenched over the South Coast.

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Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Wind Warning

Issued at 16:03 Saturday 17 February 2018
Summary

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

Westerly winds of 70 km/h near Juan de Fuca Strait in Greater Victoria will ease late this evening as a low moves further inland.

An Arctic ridge of high pressure will build from the BC Interior, spreading strong northeasterly winds near 70 km/h to Greater Victoria and the southern sections of the Southern Gulf Islands beginning early Sunday morning.

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High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Special Weather Statement

Issued at 15:59 Saturday 17 February 2018
Summary

An Arctic blast with heavy flurries arrives tonight for the South Coast.

An Arctic front will push out from the Interior towards the coast this evening while a separate disturbance moves across the South Coast from the northwest. The arctic front will be accompanied by a surge of Arctic air generating strong outflow winds. The interaction between the Arctic front with the disturbance is likely to generate heavy flurries tonight but there remains some uncertainty as to how widespread they will become.

The greatest likelihood of significant snowfall tonight is over southeastern Vancouver Island. Snowfall Warnings have been issued for East Vancouver Island - Duncan to Nanaimo and the Southern Gulf Islands but additional Warnings may be issued if the heavy flurries spread beyond those regions.

Wind Warnings have been issued for Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands for strong outflow winds that will exit the Fraser Valley and cross the Strait overnight. There is potential for additional Wind Warnings as outflow winds will also affect southern sections of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Howe Sound on Sunday.

The surge of Arctic air will continue through the mainland valleys and inlets on Sunday ushering in the coldest air of the season for the inner South Coast. The Arctic air will linger into the work week with daytime highs slightly above freezing and overnight lows approaching minus 8.

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Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.



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