Snow and cold expected on Vancouver Island this week

Environment Canada has a winter storm watch in effect for the West Kootenay Boundary Kootenay Pass and Elk Valley

The weather will become more wintery over the south coast this week.

The agency says a deepening low-pressure system is forecast to track across northern Washington State near the B.C. border on Tuesday. This system will combine plentiful Pacific moisture with cool easterly winds near the surface.

Friday night could see temperatures as low as -10 in parts of B.C.'s South Coast, Environment Canada warned.

Up to 25 centimetres of snow are expected on Tuesday expected in the Boundary, West Kootenay and Elk Valley regions, with snowfall starting shortly after midnight Tuesday, continuing through the morning and becoming "heavy at times". Snowfall amounts will vary significantly, the statement said, but eastern Vancouver Island and Victoria will be hit hardest of the South Coast communities. More flurries and much colder temperatures are also a possibility as the week goes on. Over the mainland South Coast there will be lesser snow amounts with about 5 cm of accumulation over higher urbanized communities. "Colder after Thursday for the rest of the week", notes Environment Canada's alert.

Snow is likely in elevated areas on Tuesday, and lower elevations can expect a mix of snow and rain.

In the Fraser Valley, the snow level will fall to near sea level by Tuesday afternoon, according to Environment Canada.

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