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While the fluffy white snowflakes have now turned to raindrops and Frosty may or may not be melting in the backyard, this past weekend on Vancouver Island saw the kind of winter wonderland most islanders only dream of.

A moist pacific weather system collided with arctic air creating copious amounts of snow on the South Coast over Family Day Weekend.

Many roads around the regions were rendered useless and converted into sledding hills and ski slopes, and Victorians in particular got a taste of a real Canadian winter as the city was blanketed in snow.

While most areas in the Greater Victoria area saw about 24 cm of snow accumulations, the Malahat area was hit the hardest with about 43 cm of accumulation.

A weather alert remains in place for the Malahat area (Goldstream to Mill Bay) as heavy snow continues to fall in the area.

Temperatures will gradually go back to normal averages as the week goes on with Tuesday and Wednesday seeing a high of 7 ºC and periods of sunshine.

Here are the total snowfall accumulations as of 8 a.m. Monday:

  • Victoria: 24 cm
  • Malahat: 43 cm
  • Duncan: 27 cm
  • Nanaimo: 34 cm
  • Qualicum Beach: 13 cm
  • Tofino: 15 cm
  • Comox: 19 cm
  • Campbell River: 23 cm


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