(Malahat / Thinh Bui)

More snow is on the way for parts of Vancouver Island later today.

A special weather statement is in place with an approaching low-pressure system will deliver heavy snow tonight.

The bulletin, issued by Environment Canada, is in effect for eastern Vancouver Island, from Courtenay to Campbell River.

According to the weather agency, precipitation will start as rain this afternoon then become mixed with snow at sea level this evening.

Over higher elevations, rain will change to snow this evening as precipitation rates increase and snow levels lower.

The area could see upwards of 10 cm of snow by Saturday morning before switching back to rain.

For the south coast, east winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 will develop late this afternoon near Juan de Fuca Strait and ease early Saturday morning.

In additional to the very high winds, this event will also coincide with local high tides at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

“The combined force of the two could create a high-water level situation along beaches affecting coastal walkways and debris washing further up the shoreline,” warned Environment Canada.

“Extra caution is necessary during this time.”


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