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Cold temperatures, some snow but no major problems in Greater Victoria area this morning

Nov 18 2011

The wintry blast of snow forecasted for the east side of Vancouver Island early Friday morning came with a whisper instead of the roar predicted by Environment Canada.

In Victoria this morning roads were slick with black ice and frost which soon melted as the temperature rises towards a forecasted high of 4 C today.

As forecast, at higher elevations in the Capital Region — in the Highlands, Sooke Hills, Triangle Mountain and Bear Mountain, for example — there was a light dusting of snow.

Thursday’s advisory from Environment Canada warned residents of Campbell River, Nanaimo and the Comox Valley of the possibility of five to 10 centimetres of snow after midnight.

Other central areas, including Port Alberni, were expected to see up to four centimetres of snow.

However, in downtown Nanaimo there was no snow, said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien. And there were no reports of weather related accidents in the region, O’Brien said. That’s in contrast to Thursday when ice and frost were blamed for about six accidents from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., police said.

Campbell River saw its first snowfall Friday with a light dusting of snow still on the ground. However, there have been no related accidents “so far”, according to Campbell River RCMP Cpl. Rocky Price.

It was the same in Saanich where despite some snow at higher elevations there were no major accidents, said Staff Sgt. Rob Piercy.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP Cpl. Dave MacKenzie surmised everyone is driving cautiously in anticipation of slick roads because there were no weather-related accidents in Shawnigan Lake region either.

Port Alberni continues to have snow on the ground thanks to a big dump that fell Wednesday. More snow fell Friday morning but not as much as expected.

That snow caused four accidents Wednesday and another couple of accidents Thursday — due to drivers not being prepared for winter weather conditions and not paying attention —but nothing so far today, said Sgt. Kevin Murray.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com