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East side of island put on snowfall alert

Nov 18 2011

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the east side of Vancouver Island Thursday, predicting some areas will be blanketed this morning.

The advisory warned residents of Campbell River, Nanaimo and the Comox Valley of a 40 per cent chance of flurries Thursday night with five to 10 centimetres likely to fall after midnight. Other central areas, including Port Alberni, were expected to see up to four centimetres of snow.

In coastal regions and lower elevations, including Victoria and Tofino, flurries are not expected to stick but roads could become icy, said Chris Scott, of the Weather Network.

"I don't think there will be much in the way of anything to shovel or to stick around in the city," said Scott. "There's more potential near the Malahat."

Icy roads proved hazardous in Saanich and Nanaimo Thursday morning. Slick roads triggered two separate collisions involving at least three vehicles at West Saanich Road and Wallace Drive. Police said occupants suffered minor injuries.

In Nanaimo, ice and frost caused about six accidents from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., RCMP said.


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