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Snow came to Vancouver Island last night and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Environment Canada has issued an advisory on Monday warning residents that parts of Vancouver Island are expected to receive between 5 and 15 cm of snowfall accumulation today.

Bands of heavy snow are a result of strong arctic outflow winds from the Fraser Valley colliding with the southern Gulf Islands and southeastern Vancouver Island.

Greater snow accumulations are expected on the Malahat highway and in Sooke.

Several authorities have issued reminders to drive carefully due to changing road conditions.

More flurries are in the forecast with further localized accumulations starting tonight and into Tuesday.

BC Transit says to expect trip delays and cancellations on all routes due to the current weather conditions.

Although there are some delays, no BC Ferries trips have been cancelled as of the time of publication.

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

(Environment Canada)