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B.C.: First snow of the season for some Tuesday

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7:47 PM - Tuesday marked the first snowfall of the season for some on Vancouver Island, as a shot of winter weather makes its way into southern B.C. Chilly air flowing down from the mountains primed conditions for a messy mix, with wet snow flurries for some, and heavy snow for others. Snowfall warnings lingered into the evening for parts of the South Coast and Vancouver Island, with snow expected to intensify overnight for some. We take a look at this shot of winter weather, below.

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  • Additional heavy snow expected into early Wednesday for Inland Vancouver Island, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky
  • Snow levels continue to rise; freezing rain possible at times depending on elevation
  • Unsettled weather continues through late week; rain for lower elevations

The flakes were flying across eastern Vancouver Island on Tuesday, and while accumulations weren't significant for most, it did mark the first snowfall of the season for many places.

Snowfall warnings remained in place through Tuesday night for Howe Sound and the Sea to Sky from Squamish to Whistler, with another 20 cm of snow expected through the early hours of Wednesday. Road conditions are likely to be poor, especially up the Sea to Sky Highway, where drivers will pass through a level of freezing rain as they ascend.

Away from the alpine, it's Vancouver Island that will see snow the longest. Comox, which saw heavy snow at times Tuesday afternoon, is coming away with the title for most low-elevation snow for this event, with 7 cm recorded by late Tuesday afternoon. A total of about 10 cm is expected for eastern Vancouver Island by the time snow changes to rain early Wednesday. 10 to 20 cm is likely further inland.

Heavy alpine snow and rising temperatures have prompted officials to raise the avalanche danger rating for the South Coast and North Shore to high for Wednesday.

Onshore flow continues between this system and the next, driving snow levels much higher -- around 1500 m -- through Wednesday and keeping the weather unsettled, but largely as rain rather than snow. It looks like a generally soggy week ahead across the region, however, with the next break not on the horizon until Friday.

Stay with us here at The Weather Network for your latest forecast updates.


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