Snow in Victoria (Ryan Holder / Instagram)

Have those shovels on standby!

A special weather statement is in effect for most of Vancouver Island with snow looming in the forecast this week.

According to the weather warning by Environment Canada, most of the island, including the Greater Victoria area, see snow Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

“Outflow winds through mainland inlets tonight will result in modified arctic air covering Vancouver Island by Monday morning,” warned the weather statement.

“This cold air will remain in place until Tuesday when a low pressure system travelling down the BC coast will spread snow to Vancouver Island beginning in the afternoon.”

Inland areas of Vancouver Island is expected to see the highest accumulations of around 15 centimetres.

Elsewhere, the snow should become mixed with rain by Wednesday morning as a strong southeast flow brings milder area and higher freezing levels over much of Vancouver Island.

Environment Canada reminds motorists that accumulating snow will lead to poor driving conditions.



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