Snow falls on Poplar Street in Nanaimo on Tuesday morning. NEWS BULLETIN photo

Parts of Vancouver Island coping with light wet dump of snow

Environment Canada updates snowfall warning as crews mobilize from Cowichan to Campbell River

A light fall of wet snow is challenging motorists in many parts of Vancouver Island today.

The white stuff, which had been the subject of weather warnings, followed a Monday of sunshine and brilliant blue sky in the area.

The Cowichan Valley appeared ready, and at least one emergency service truck was seen heading west along Cowichan Lake Road, most likely to deal with the last few places where trees were leaning against cable lines.

There was a light dusting of snow of snow sticking to the ground on Highway 18 and Cowichan Lake Road, and motorists should slow down for conditions.

In the city of Duncan itself, the roads were bare and wet.

Snow is also falling in Nanaimo and some of it is expected to stick.

Environment Canada updated its snowfall warning early Tuesday morning, now saying about five centimetres is expected to fall near the east coast of Vancouver Island and 10-20cm inland.

“Snow is expected to continue through the day as snow levels remain near sea level, though near the water snow may become mixed with rain in the afternoon,” the warning notes. “Gradual warming through tonight will cause snow to change to rain by Wednesday morning.”

In the northern half of the Island, Mainroad crews will be performing snow removal operations on all service area highways (from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy) until the event passes, roadways are clear and back to normal.

Mainroad’s 24-hour communications and dispatch office will pass on all observations and concerns to its crews when contacted.

Anyone who observes an area in need of attention is urged to call 1-877-215-7122.

Environment Canada advises that motorists be prepared to adjust their driving to road conditions.

Mainroad, which services highways in the south as well, advised Tuesday that “we may see a bit of winter weather” in the mid Island, noting in particular the Parksville-Cook Creek area and the hump on Highway 4 in the Port Alberni area, “though all areas may be affected.”

According to the contractor, crews are applying anti-icing chemical where required.

“Motorists should leave extra time to get to their destination and expect winter driving conditions, including slippery sections and slushy areas,” the advisory noted.

RELATED: Snowfall warning for parts of Vancouver Island

Just Posted

Off-the-grid West Coast Trail restaurant Chez Monique featured on film

“The story we are trying to share is of the loving haven they created and sustained for decades.”

Upscale Island community wants residents to help stop unwanted pregnancies — in deer

Property registration crucial for Oak Bay’s deer contraception program

How to judge sand sculptures like a pro at the 2019 Parksville Beach Festival

World-class arbiter gives insight on how to choose a winner

Editorial: Whatever happened to the summer of love?

Baby boomers must look back at the promise of summers past and wonder

Victoria: where the streets have four names

Find out why so many capital region streets change names as the roadways twist and turn

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Nanaimo tubber sets all-time record at bathtub race

Justin Lofstrom completes course in fastest-ever time

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read