The second, most updated, snowfall advisory from Environment Canada brings with it a forecast for even more snow in Greater Victoria.
As of 2:40 p.m., the weather authority predicts widespread 10 to 20 cm of snowfall accumulation with localized 30 cm accumulations for southern Vancouver Island overnight.
Snowfall is expected to intensify during the night as a low pressure system approaches the island.
Southern Vancouver Island is expected to receive 10 to 15 cm of snow today with an additional 10 to 15 cm overnight, for a total of 30 cm in some parts of Victoria.
The snow is expected to ease up on Wednesday morning.
“Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” says Environment Canada.
Province-wide cold snap
Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for 35 regions of the province, informing residents about snowfall, extreme cold, and arctic outflows.
BC Hydro announced on Tuesday that the company has set a new record for the highest peak hourly demand for electricity. That peak was reached on January 13th when consumption reached 10,302 megawatts.
The company expects this record to be broken soon, as more cold weather is expected across B.C.
An Extreme Weather Advisory Protocol is also in effect in Victoria, with extra shelters and beds available for those who need them.
With files from Cormac O’Brien.