Well, that escalated quickly.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of a potential for heavy accumulating snowfall on Vancouver Island Monday.
The weather alert, issued Sunday morning, spans across Greater Victoria to south of Courtenay.
More specifically, accumulation is expected from Parksville to the Cowichan Valley, and the Saanich Peninsula.
In addition, heavy snow could fall on east Vancouver Island, from Duncan to Fanny Bay.
According to the weather agency, localized pockets of heavy snow flurries may reach sea level Monday into Monday night, when a low pressure off the Island helps draw cold air from the BC interior.
“As it crosses the Strait of Georgia, localized pockets of heavy snow will develop across southeast Vancouver Island,” said Environment Canada in its statement.
“Snow levels will initially be near 200 metres but may drop to sea levels depending on precipitation intensity. Confidence in occurrence is medium, but confidence in exact area and snowfall accumulation is low as it will be highly variable.”
On the eastern portion of Vancouver Island, 5 to 10 cm could fall by late Monday morning, with an additional 5 cm falling from Monday night to Tuesday morning.