Much of Vancouver Island is under a winter storm warning, with up to 25 centimetres of snow expected in some areas, while Vancouver is expected to see a light dusting tonight.

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Vancouver Island residents are being warned to prepare for a big dump of snow Friday night, while Metro Vancouver may be in for some of the white stuff as well.

Environment and Climate Change Canada posted winter storm warnings early Friday morning for much of Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, saying heavy snow will begin around midnight and last through Saturday morning.

Up to 25 centimetres of snow is expected in some areas, with the higher amounts occurring closer to Juan De Fuca Strait. Folks in the Gulf Islands could see up to 15 centimetres of snow overnight.

The federal weather agency adds that strong easterly winds could also cause poor visibility because of blowing snow, and warns that highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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Meantime, Metro Vancouver likely won’t see that much snow, though the region continues to be under an Arctic outflow warning, with frigid wind chills of between –10ºC or lower expected overnight Friday and Saturday morning.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting a 70 per cent chance of light snow for the region overnight Friday and on Saturday.

The City of Vancouver said it is prepared if more snow falls than expected, with 3,000 tonnes of salt, 100 vehicles and equipment and hundreds of staff available as needed. Crews will focus on treating priority routes for ice and snow, and have been using brine to keep main routes from getting icy all week.

Five warming centres continue to operate for those living on the street and will stay open through Feb. 16.

Elsewhere in the province, there are extreme cold weather warnings in effect for much of the B.C. Interior and central B.C. In Prince George, for example, there is a high of –18ºC forecast Friday and a low of –29ºC, with a wind-chill factor of –40ºC.


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