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

Snowfall expected to continue throughout the day in Nanaimo

Environment Canada updates snowfall warning

Snow is 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.”

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

Mainroad Group, which services highways in the region, 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.

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