Shawnigan Lake Snow
(Photo via @Sarcastaments on Twitter)

Winter solstice has brought winter weather to the Island, with rain predicted to shift to snow even at sea level this afternoon.

Shortly after 8 a.m. PST, Environment Canada issued an alert that a deepening Pacific low making its way across Washington state will bring abundant moisture, leading to heavy wet snow over East Vancouver Island.

Areas in Greater Victoria near sea level were expected to see possible snowfall accumulations of 5 cm, while higher terrain and communities south of Comox could see up to 15 cm.

Rainfall up to 40mm was also expected, with precipitation tapering off by early evening as the system moves east.

Environment Canada cautioned that highway conditions would see reduced visibility and accumulating snow, potentially impacting rush hour traffic.

DriveBC posted alerts for slushy and slippery conditions on Highway 1 towards View Royal between Tolmie Lane and Exit 8, and on Highway 18 west of Duncan towards Skutz Falls.

Users took to social media to post photos and video of the snow, with shots in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Victoria, Shawnigan Lake and more.

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