Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)

Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Vancouver Island this weekend

Snow on Malahat to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Areas of eastern Vancouver Island could see up to 15 centimetres of snow this weekend, according to Environment Canada.

In a special weather statement issued Thursday afternoon, Environment Canada forecasts snow beginning Saturday (Jan. 23) night and lasting until Sunday morning in areas from Duncan to Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay and Courtenay to Campbell River with amounts from five to 15 cm.

Drivers can also expect snow on the Malahat from Goldstream to Mill Bay.

While there is currently a ridge of high pressure over B.C., a low pressure system is expected to move south along the coast bringing cloud into the area Saturday afternoon, said Environment Canada.

Snow is expected to change to mixed rain in many areas by Sunday afternoon.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly, leading to hazardous driving conditions, Environment Canada said.

For weather information for your area, go to Environment Canada’s website.

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