Dozens of vehicles pulled onto the side of Pat Bay unable to get any further.

The winter storm has hit Victoria commuters this afternoon, causing widespread traffic accidents and traffic jams. Police and other first responders have been kept busy and advise anyone not needing to travel to stay at home.

Vehicles are struggling to make it up hills across the city.

The District of Saanich issued a condensed list of streets that contain steep segments and which should be avoided by drivers.

The snow is expected to turn to freezing rain overnight.

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Maplewood photo by ‎Terri Shinault
Douglas at Hillside backed up with commuters trying to exit the downtown core. Photo ‎Jonah Brown