Snow fell across the region on Saturday with Vancouver Island bearing the brunt, but another storm is coming.
People living on B.C.’s south coast are being told to prepare for a second blast of winter weather on Sunday.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement warning of a second winter storm expected to hit the region on Sunday and last until Monday.
The weather agency says snow will arrive Sunday morning for Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver before turning to rain in the evening.
The storm comes on the heels of one that hit the region Saturday, which resulted in closed roads, public transit delays and warnings from Victoria police to stay home due to the snow.
While many residents in Metro Vancouver woke up to a light dusting Saturday morning, folks on Vancouver Island and in the Gulf Islands dealt with a lot more snow, and a warning that there could be up to 25 centimetres in some parts of the region.
On Saturday morning, Victoria police warned that many roads were impassable and asked residents to stay home if possible.
Environment and Climate Change Canada continued a winter storm warning for the Greater Victoria area and snowfall warnings for much of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver.
Up to 25 centimetres of snow was expected on some areas of the Island, while the agency forecast up to 15 centimetres for Victoria and the Gulf Islands. Between five and 10 centimetres were expected to fall on Metro Vancouver Saturday.
By 9 a.m., 24 centimetres of snow had already fallen on the Malahat Highway on Vancouver Island, according to Louis Kohanyi, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
He said in the Vancouver Island region, Nanaimo had 15 centimetres and Tofino had 14 centimetres of snow, while Victoria had recorded 10 centimetres. Twelve centimetres covered Duncan, while Saturna Island had eight centimetres.
On Saturday morning, Metro Vancouver had around five centimetres while the Sunshine Coast had six and Abbotsford had four.
The agency warned that highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
Visibility could be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy and blowing snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays, the agency said.
Multiple agencies urged drivers to slow down, as slippery roads and low visibility caused traffic woes, and at least 2,700 B.C. Hydro customers were without power on Vancouver Island Saturday morning because of the snowstorm.
Drive B.C. issued a warning early Saturday for Highway 1 between Duncan and Victoria, saying blowing snow was causing limited visibility.
In Metro Vancouver, a vehicle accident had the right lane blocked eastbound at Gaglardi Way, and Drive B.C. asked motorists to drive slowly and keep a distance from other vehicles.
RCMP in White Rock warned on social media that the hills were very slippery early in the day and to avoid travel on them unless absolutely necessary.