snow on january 14th
(Photo by Jay Wallace Images)

Greater Victoria and the south coast region of British Columbia are in for more snowfall this week according to a special weather statement from Environment Canada.

At around 2 p.m. on Monday, the weather authority issued a special weather advisory in the wake of a series of systems set to bring more snow to Vancouver Island.

See also: Parts of Greater Victoria could receive up to 15 cm of snow today

Starting tonight, northwesterly winds are expected to develop over the Strait of Georgia overnight and heavier areas of snow are likely to develop where these winds converge with strong outflows from mainland coastal inlets.

A second, more widespread system will reach Vancouver Island on Tuesday evening, bringing snowfall for much of the night.

After Tuesday, a third system approaches the area on Thursday, January 16th and although a forecast of its effects remain uncertain, Environment Canada says it could bring significant snowfall to Vancouver Island.

Buses affected

While some may rejoice at the news of more flurries to come, those who rely on buses to get around might not love the blanket of white quite as much.

As of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, BC Transit has stated that while most bus routes and stops are operating as normal, the following exceptions apply:

  • 22 Vic General/Hillside Mall – No Hastings/Holland Loop
  • 35 Ridge – Cancelled
  • 48 Happy Valley – No Cairndale
  • 52 Bear Mountain/Colwood Exchange – No Lagoon, Stornoway/ Servicing Bear Mountain
  • 54 Metchosin/55 Happy Valley – No Glen lake service/ No Duke Rd/ Using Happy Valley/Metchosin
  • 56 Thetis Heights/Langford Exchange/57 Thetis Heights/Langford Exchange – No Gorman/Goldie Loop/No Bellamy Hill
  • 59 Triangle Mountain/60 Wishart – No Triangle Mountain
  • 64 East Sooke – No access to East Sooke

Moreover, all routes that access Jacklin Rd/Langford Parkway will take a detour turning left on Kelly Road, left on Veterans Memorial, left on Langford Parkway, and right on Phipps Road to Langford Exchange.

Here is the current 7-day weather forecast based on readings from the Victoria-Gonzales Point weather station:

(Environment Canada)