windy weather
Wind storm along the Breakwater. (Bob Ianson)

Batten down the hatches, because it looks like we’re starting off 2020 with a bang – or is it a gust?!

According to Environment Canada, a strong Pacific storm is making its way to Vancouver Island and is expected to reach land by early Thursday afternoon.

The storm is expected to bring heavy precipitation and strong southeasterly winds by mid-afternoon.

Initially, temperatures will be cold enough to allow some of the precipitation to start as wet snow over higher elevations of Vancouver Island and the south coast.

By Thursday evening warm air accompanying the storm will drive freezing levels and temperatures higher so that precipitation changes to rain for most communities.

The heavy rain and strong winds continue all day on Friday.

The highest rainfall amounts will be over the central coast, north and west Vancouver Island.