Snow and ice in Nanaimo’s Brechin hill neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Winter storm warning now in effect for southeast Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issues new weather warning late Wednesday afternoon for Duncan to Campbell River

The forecast has become a little more fierce.

Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for the east coast of Vancouver Island at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The warning encompasses Duncan to Campbell River.

“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements,” the warning notes.

An additional 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall late this afternoon and tonight, with winds rising in excess of 70 kilometres per hour tonight, Environment Canada forecasts.

“Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow,” the warning notes. “If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.”

Precipitation may change to rain overnight near the coast, according to Environment Canada, but areas inland and at higher elevations are expected to see continued heavy snow until Thursday morning.

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