Arctic air to hit Vancouver Island

Bracing and blowing Arctic air and crummy travel conditions will hit northern and central Vancouver Island this week.

Bracing and blowing Arctic air and crummy travel conditions will hit northern and central Vancouver Island this week.

The first Arctic outbreak of the season will bring bracing and blowing Arctic air and suddenly crummy travel conditions to the South Coast of British Columbia Monday night.The Arctic air will arrive from the east, spilling out the coastal inlets and valleys first, spreading west toward Vancouver Island before gradually dwindling. As the leading edge of the coldest air of the season arrives, bursts of snowflurries may rapidly reduce visibility while moisture on the roads freezes fast. Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate in areas prone to northeast outflowing winds, especially where recent rainshowers occurred.Local snowfalls of a few centimetres are common as the Arctic air arrives. Night-time windchill equivalent temperatures between -10 and -20c are likely in exposed areas, especially in coastal valleys and near the water at the mouth of Major inlets.After the Arctic arrival, the South Coast will settle into an extended period (4-6 days) of chilly but otherwise weather-less winter days.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at


Just Posted

Alberni’s Reconciliation Committee hosts community forum

The community event will take place on the anniversary of Walk for Reconciliation

Port Alberni’s breakfast program receives community support

The Read and Feed program runs on donations, grants and fundraising

Cherry Creek Shootout is a family affair

Alberni Men’s Club opens on Sunday

Kinder Morgan protest planned for Port Alberni

Protest is part of a nationwide movement on Friday, March 23

Get emergency prepared with workshop at Capitol Theatre

Emergency preparedness workshop will take place on Friday, Mar. 23

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Vancouver Island pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions we received from around the region

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Comox Valley hospital operating above patient capacity

The new healthcare facility averaged a 110 per cent patient volume between October and February

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

PHOTOS: Students exhibit stunning paper couture dresses

22 paper made gowns will be on display at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre until March 27

BCHL Today: Prince George avoids elimination with game five win

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Suspect arrested and charged for assault on autistic man

Parmvir Chahil has strong B.C. ties; two others charged with accessory after the fact

Most Read