Malahat, British Columbia (Michaelia/Instagram)

A mix of rain and snow is expected to fall over parts of Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, tonight and into tomorrow morning.

According to Environment Canada, parts of Inland and East Vancouver Island, and the Malahat from Goldstream to Mill Bay should brace for an incoming Pacific frontal system that will bring precipitation with it.

“The cool air mass currently over the Island means that snow levels are low enough that rain will likely mix with snow over many locations tonight and into Boxing Day,” reads the alert.

The advisory is in effect for the following areas:

  • Greater Victoria
    • Malahat Highway – Goldstream to Mill Bay
  • East Vancouver Island
    • Courtenay to Campbell River
    • Duncan to Nanaimo
    • Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay
  • Inland Vancouver Island

Higher terrain could see over 5 cm of snowfall, which would impact travel on roadways connecting island communities.

Places with lower elevation that are away from the immediate coast could also experience wet snowfall on Wednesday morning.

Along the immediate coast, southeast winds off the Strait are expected to keep conditions warm enough for rainfall.

Environment Canada says that the majority of precipitation on Vancouver Island will cease by noon on Boxing Day (December 26th).

Commuters are advised to be wary of dangerous driving conditions in the mountains that may result from sudden changes in weather.

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