Weather

People skate under the snow-covered dome roof at the Robson Square ice rink as rain falls in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Weather warnings blanket most of northern British Columbia as a Pacific frontal system brings heavy snow and extreme cold, however conditions are less severe further south. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Environment Canada warns of rapidly changing conditions amid B.C. winter storms

Environment Canada says the system will spread heavy snow northeastward across the region

People skate under the snow-covered dome roof at the Robson Square ice rink as rain falls in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Weather warnings blanket most of northern British Columbia as a Pacific frontal system brings heavy snow and extreme cold, however conditions are less severe further south. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A storm surge is predicted for today, Jan. 7. StormSurgeBC.

Storm surge predicted for today in Campbell River

Bulletin advises moderate risk for marine water level conditions

A storm surge is predicted for today, Jan. 7. StormSurgeBC.
Erik Jessen and his heavy-duty Dodge pickup tow a big rig B-train in Nanaimo on Wednesday, Jan. 5. (Photo courtesy Les Girard)

Nanaimo pickup driver tows big rig fuel truck up snowy hill

Erik Jessen and his heavy-duty Dodge help stuck tractor-trailer rig downtown

Erik Jessen and his heavy-duty Dodge pickup tow a big rig B-train in Nanaimo on Wednesday, Jan. 5. (Photo courtesy Les Girard)
Vandals took to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park in a vehicle causing major field damage discovered Jan. 6. (Photo by Jim Beatty)
Vandals took to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park in a vehicle causing major field damage discovered Jan. 6. (Photo by Jim Beatty)
As forecasted, more snow fell on Nanaimo overnight Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 5-6. (News Bulletin photo)

Snow day slows down Nanaimo

Classes cancelled, buses detoured, residents urged to avoid driving

As forecasted, more snow fell on Nanaimo overnight Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 5-6. (News Bulletin photo)
Ice floes build up on the Fraser River as people walk along the waterfront in New Westminster, B.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Snow covers southern B.C., rain and freezing rain to come, as cold still grips north

Weather office expects as much as 50 millimetres of rain over the inner south coast through Friday

Ice floes build up on the Fraser River as people walk along the waterfront in New Westminster, B.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A travel advisory took hold on Highway 1, including the Malahat, as crews contended with heavy snowfall the morning of Thursday, Jan. 6. (Drive BC)

Unprepared drivers told to avoid travel as crews clear snow-laden Greater Victoria roads

Travel advisory in effect for Highway 1 from Saanich to Mill Bay Thursday morning

A travel advisory took hold on Highway 1, including the Malahat, as crews contended with heavy snowfall the morning of Thursday, Jan. 6. (Drive BC)
A highway cam at Highway 19 at Willis Road looking east shows accumulating snow. Drive BC Photo

Winter conditions on highways around Campbell River

Three routes out of town have winter conditions

A highway cam at Highway 19 at Willis Road looking east shows accumulating snow. Drive BC Photo
Sheets of ice float on the surface of Sway’ A’ Lana Lagoon in Maffeo Sutton Park on Dec. 30. December 2021 turned out to be one of the coldest Decembers on record in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Last month was one of the coldest Decembers on record in Nanaimo

Heavy snow expected tonight, warmer temperatures coming

Sheets of ice float on the surface of Sway’ A’ Lana Lagoon in Maffeo Sutton Park on Dec. 30. December 2021 turned out to be one of the coldest Decembers on record in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Cool view from a drone toward Kin Park in Chemainus and the surrounding area during a December dusting of snow. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

La Nina dominates Vancouver Island’s December weather pattern

Snowfall far surpasses the normal for the month, but precipitation balances out with less rain

Cool view from a drone toward Kin Park in Chemainus and the surrounding area during a December dusting of snow. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
The first hockey game in many years took place on the outdoor rink in Barriere, Dec.24, 2021. (Lisa Dredge photo)

Southern B.C. braces for heavy snow as northern region endures bone-chilling cold

Mountain passes across Vancouver Island and throughout southern B.C. could see up to 40 centimetres

The first hockey game in many years took place on the outdoor rink in Barriere, Dec.24, 2021. (Lisa Dredge photo)
Victoria’s Inner Harbour is coated with a fine dusting of snow. More of the white stuff is expected as part of Environment Canada’s latest winter storm watch. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Expect snow, freezing rain on Vancouver Island with latest winter weather warning

Snowfall of 10 to 20 cm forecast for Wednesday night and into Thursday

Victoria’s Inner Harbour is coated with a fine dusting of snow. More of the white stuff is expected as part of Environment Canada’s latest winter storm watch. (Black Press Media file photo)
A child walks back up a hill past a snowman while sledding at Burnaby Mountain Park, in Burnaby, B.C., on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the south coast of British Columbia with 2 to 15 cm expected from Sunday to Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

More snow, heavy winds expected across B.C.: Environment Canada

Snow is expected to intensify over the Trans-Canada Highway Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

A child walks back up a hill past a snowman while sledding at Burnaby Mountain Park, in Burnaby, B.C., on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the south coast of British Columbia with 2 to 15 cm expected from Sunday to Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A man walks a dog after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Arctic outflow leads to new record for peak electricity demand: BC Hydro

BC Hydro recommends turning off heat when no one is home to save on power bills

A man walks a dog after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A worker checks the temperature of a traveler departing from Pearson International Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Canadian air travellers are experiencing an uptick in flight cancellations this holiday season, but airlines say weather is a bigger factor than COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Weather, not Omicron, taking the biggest bite out of Canadian airline schedules

Frigid temperatures and arctic air have left most of the western provinces with wind chills dipping to -55C

A worker checks the temperature of a traveler departing from Pearson International Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Canadian air travellers are experiencing an uptick in flight cancellations this holiday season, but airlines say weather is a bigger factor than COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Highway 1 looking northbound shows slippery road conditions and a light dusting of snow, making it a white Christmas for Greater Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

It’s a white Christmas in Greater Victoria

Snowfall warning issued as 10 cm expected by Sunday morning

Highway 1 looking northbound shows slippery road conditions and a light dusting of snow, making it a white Christmas for Greater Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A plow clears snow off of Uplands Drive on Friday, Dec. 24. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Snow expected to keep falling the rest of the evening in Nanaimo

Snowfall warning in effect, as well as special weather statement advising of coming cold snap

A plow clears snow off of Uplands Drive on Friday, Dec. 24. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
People walk on a snow-covered trail at Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, February 15, 2021. British Columbia residents are being urged to prepare for extremely cold temperatures, power outages and slick streets as a series of winter storm and freezing rain warnings covered most of the province Tuesday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. government warns strong storms will clash with ‘Arctic air’ over the holidays

It’s going to be cold across the province, with snow in many areas

People walk on a snow-covered trail at Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, February 15, 2021. British Columbia residents are being urged to prepare for extremely cold temperatures, power outages and slick streets as a series of winter storm and freezing rain warnings covered most of the province Tuesday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Arctic outflow, snow and possible freezing rain forecast for parts of B.C.

Chill values nearing -20 C are expected for inland parts of the North Coast

A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Arctic outflow, snow and possible freezing rain forecast for parts of B.C.

Chill values nearing -20 C are expected for inland parts of the North Coast

A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito