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PHOTOS: Snow blankets Greater Victoria

Residents spent their morning shoveling snow and trudging through slush

Greater Victoria residents woke Thursday morning to a heavy and rapidly-melting layer of fresh snow.

Downtown, pedestrians were busy trudging through slush and avoiding icy puddles on their way to work. Business owners emerged as the sky lightened to shovel snow from their storefronts.

Fewer vehicles were seen on the roads as police departments urged reduced travel and schools and universities closed for the day.

In Sidney, one resident formed a series of baby penguins from the snow on the roof of their car.

Environment Canada’s winter storm warning remains in effect Thursday, with rain and possible freezing rain forecast throughout the rest of the day. The weather agency is warning people to watch out for slippery roads and walkways and reduced visibility while driving.

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