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Vancouver Island finally saw a white Christmas and, across the island, residents put on their snow suits and celebrated the freshly fallen snow.

The air was filled with anticipation and excitement but also a strong winter windchill, causing Environment Canada to issue a warning of possible frostbite and hypothermia.

See more: Special weather statement issued as Arctic air moves over Vancouver Island

In the Malahat area, temperatures dropped to -11.6 degrees on December 27th, beating a previous record of -2.5 degrees set in 1992. The Port Alberni area saw temperatures drop to -16.5 degrees, smashing the old record of -9.4 set in 1968.

Victoria saw most of its snowfall Monday night which continued until the wee hours of this morning. About 4.2 cm of snow fell in the region, according to Environment Canada.

This week, there is a possibility of the snow returning, with possible flurries throughout Tuesday, before returning Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday. 

With high winds, a high of -3 degrees and a windchill of -11 degrees, be sure to stay indoors unless necessary and bundle up. 

If it’s too cold to go out, enjoy these 20 stunning photos of holiday snowfall across Vancouver Island from the comfort of your home:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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