It’s been a chilly week and this weekend will be no exception.
Snow, wind and below average temperatures have been plaguing Greater Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island all week, including the low for Friday, which is -5°C.
The weekend is expected to see snow and rain with chances of flurries throughout the island, with Victoria having a 94% chance of precipitation on Saturday.
Sunday is expected to be less rainy and snowy, but cold temperatures will linger and continue through the rest of the week with more chances of flurries on the way.
Currently, there is a special weather statement for Greater Victoria, inland Vancouver Island as well as west and east Vancouver Island.
“Snow is expected on Saturday,” says Environment Canada.
The national weather authority predicts some areas will receive five to 15 centimeters of snowfall by Sunday morning.
“A significant weather system will push across the South Coast this weekend bringing widespread snow to the region,” said the weather authority.
“Snow will start over Vancouver Island on Saturday and taper off to a few showers or flurries Saturday night.”
The nature of the ‘Arctic outflow’ winds that approach bring with them an uncertainty regarding exact precipitation levels; however, the entirety of Vancouver Island is expected to feel the chill this weekend as well as next week.
Higher snowfall amounts are predicted for higher altitude regions of the island.
“Warnings will be issued as the event draws closer,” said Environment Canada. “Be prepared for challenging travel conditions this weekend.”
Victoria Buzz has compiled a list of live webcams that automatically update throughout the day so commuters can see road conditions at all of south Vancouver Island’s major intersections.