Flurries in the forecast: Snowfall warnings in effect for parts of BC

This sign greeted people trying to drive east towards the Coqhihalla Highway from Hope in 2013. Environment Canada says flurries are coming fast to B.C.'s Interior

Ahead of the system, rain will begin over the south coast this evening and become heavier overnight.

East Vancouver Island and Victoria are expected to receive the most snow along the south coast Tuesday, with higher elevation passes seeing anywhere from 5 to 10 centimetres of snow.

Snow and flurries are likely for parts of Vancouver Island this week as a low-pressure system sweeps across B.C.'s South Coast.

"The winter storm watch may be upgraded to a warning once greater certainty is achieved regarding snowfall amounts and specific locations impacted", the watch reads.


Sunshine and cold temperatures are then forecast in the last few days before Christmas.

Snow is likely in elevated areas on Tuesday, and lower elevations can expect a mix of snow and rain. Significant but lesser amounts of snow are expected for Sparwood. The Arctic front will usher in much colder air for the rest of the week.

The precipitation will ease Tuesday night and Environment Canada says any snow that falls will likely melt on Wednesday. By Friday night the lows will plummet to between minus 5 and minus 10 across the South Coast Daytime highs on Saturday will struggle to reach the freezing mark.

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