Light snow this morning is expected to get heavier in the afternoon or evening.
Environment Canada updated a snowfall warning Friday morning, forecasting about 10 centimetres of snow today.
“Another round of winter will descend over southeastern Vancouver Island today…” the warning notes. “Near Nanaimo, heavy flurries may develop this evening resulting in snowfall accumulations of 5cm or more in a short period of time.”
Environment Canada notes that snowfall may be “highly variable and episodic” throughout the afternoon and night time, with no more snow in the forecast by Saturday morning.
The warning advises motorists to prepare for changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
Mainroad Mid-Island, the region’s highways contractor, released an advisory yesterday that “motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions with rainfall, snow accumulations, ice and slushy conditions and water ponding possible.”
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools are open today.
Good morning! In case you haven’t looked outside yet it is snowing in Nanaimo. pic.twitter.com/uwuCN2PtBG
— Nicholas M Pescod (@npescod) February 8, 2019