COURTENAY, B.C- A winter storm has left snowy roads in it’s wake south of the Comox Valley this morning.

While the weather has left the main valley communities relatively snow-free, heavy rain is in the forecast, along with snow at higher elevations.

On the major routes north, water was pooling on Highway 19 in both directions. The area ran from Cook Creek Road to around 26 kilometres south of Campbell River. As for 19A, water was pooling from Cook Creek Road to around 25 kilometres north of Courtenay, in both directions.

The road up Mount Washington was listed as having compact snow for it’s entire length, with slippery sections.

Further south, however, it’s a different story.

The traffic heat maps on the highways south of the Comox Valley as of 10:25 a.m. on Dec 19th, 2017. Image sourced from Google.

According to Environment Canada, ten centimetres of snow is expected near sea level from Duncan to Nanaimo, as well as Fanny Bay to Nanoose Bay. 20 centimetres is expected at higher terrain, with two to five forecast for the evening.

As of 8:26 a.m., both directions of Highway 19 were listed as having compact snow with slippery sections from Parksville to Cook Creek Road. As for Highway 19A, it had the same, running from the junction with Highway 19 from Parksville to Cook Creek Road.

As for the Greater Victoria area, rain is expected along with snow at higher elevations, with the Malahat getting five to ten centimetres today and another five in the evening.