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Environment Canada issues winter storm watch on Vancouver Island – Port Alberni Valley News

Environment Canada issues winter storm watch on Vancouver Island – Port Alberni Valley News

Freezing rain is expected on Vancouver Island’s east coast and inland areas on Tuesday, Dec. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

Freezing rain is expected on Vancouver Island’s east coast and inland areas on Tuesday, Dec. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

Environment Canada issues winter storm watch on Vancouver Island

Freezing rain in the forecast for Islands inland areas and east coast

More wintry weather is in the forecast this week, this time freezing rain.

Environment Canada has issued an advisory for Port Alberni, Lake Cowichan, and other areas of inland Vancouver Island. The advisory will be in effect for Tuesday, Dec. 21.

“With surface temperatures in many inland valleys struggling to rise above the freezing mark on Tuesday, a prolonged period of freezing rain could occur,” the storm watch notes.

Environment Canada issued a special forecast for the east coast Vancouver Island’s Malahat to Parksville Qualicum. This forecast also warns of freezing rain on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Two weather systems will merge on the Island, pushing cooler air high up and keeping temperatures around freezing.

“Drizzle and pockets of freezing drizzle are possible Tuesday afternoon, followed by freezing rain or rain Tuesday night, all depending on local surface temperatures,” the weather statement notes.

Slippery surfaces can impact the safety of motorcyclists.

Warmer temperatures are expected by the early morning on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

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