Brace yourselves for blowing snow, Victoria!
According to Environment Canada, a deep low-pressure system will cross Vancouver Island Wednesday night bringing with it heavy wind gusts.
Ahead of the low, southeast winds of 70 to 90 km/h will develop in Greater Victoria early in the evening and spread to the Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island – Duncan to Nanaimo, southern and western sections of Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast later in the evening.
Winds will shift abruptly to the southwest late overnight or Thursday morning in the wake of the low with gusty winds and will ease as the morning progresses.
School Closures due to heavy snow
Most schools (if not all) are closed today after a second big dump of snow fell across the region Tuesday night.
UVic, Royal Roads, Sooke School District (SD62), Saanich School District (SD63) and Greater Victoria School District (SD61) all announced they would be closed Wednesday due to heavy snow, and unsafe road conditions.
Snow day tomorrow! With snow forecasted, campus is closed and on-site classes cancelled Jan. 15. For students staying on campus, Habitat Café will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., crews will clear paths and Campus Security is available 24 hrs at 250-391-2525. https://t.co/4GsnF0r5oU pic.twitter.com/K22tqGJZZd
— Royal Roads (@RoyalRoads) January 15, 2020
BC Transit Routers
BC Transit is operating, however, there have been cancellations for some routes and significant delays should be expected.
Here is a more recent list of route cancellations:
Here is the Greater Victoria list of routes with detours or cancellations update for 7:30 a.m. All other routes are likely running late, so please plan ahead. Customer alerts will also be posted in our NextRide system. pic.twitter.com/M9rj8lhpVM
— BC Transit (@BCTransit) January 15, 2020