Much of Vancouver Island falls under a weather warning of some kind this week, with the latest a blast of wind for Greater Victoria.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning Thursday around 4 p.m. that alerts of a Pacific frontal system set to reach the Island later Thursday and cross to the Lower Mainland on Friday. Ahead of that, southeast winds of 60 to 80 km/h are expected to develop early Friday morning over Southern Gulf Islands and up the east side of Vancouver Island as far as Powell River, as well as Victoria near Haro Strait. The winds are expected to ease midday Friday as the front moves away from the region.
The wind warning follows an early alert for potential snow across the south coast of B.C. Thursday night and Friday. With temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, a mix of rain or snow is forecast across the region.
Snowfall amounts will vary. More snow is possible this weekend as a series of weather systems embedded in a cool northwest flow from the Gulf of Alaska moves ashore.
Early next week, cold arctic air from the Interior is expected to arrive on the South Coast.