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Safe travels, Victoria!

As 10 – 15 cm of snow is set to fall over the city tonight, commuters looking to head up island should look for routes that avoid Highway 14 past Sooke, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

While the highway remains open between Langford and Sooke, areas west of Sooke are closed in both directions due to significant tree-fall, downed power lines, and other hazardous road conditions.

The road closure starts at Otter Point Road in Sooke and extends westward all the way to Port Renfrew.

For people who live west of Jordan River who want to access Victoria, the ministry recommends using good winter tires and taking the Pacific Marina Circle Route.

Traffic control personnel are currently on scene and are trying to direct local traffic. Driver who do not live in the ara are being advised to stay clear.

Meanwhile, ministry staff and BC Hydro crews are already at work removing the many trees that have fallen on the highway. Roads are expected to be cleared within the week, weather depending.

“Driving to suit the current conditions will improve safety for everyone on the road,” said the ministry in a release.

“The ministry thanks everyone for their patience, as crews work to ensure safe travel throughout the region.”