COURTENAY, B.C. – Residents of the Comox Valley could have a white Christmas this year.

According to an advisory from Environment Canada, the likelihood of snow is increasing as a frontal weather system from the Pacific is heading towards the coast, reaching Vancouver Island by Sunday.

“A ridge of high pressure will remain over the BC Interior into at least next week, spilling dry arctic air into the Georgia Basin. Around the south coast, daytime highs will struggle to rise above the freezing mark,” reads the advisory.

“At present, snow is expected to develop across Vancouver Island during the day on Sunday and spread to the mainland coast Christmas Eve. Arctic outflow conditions could combine with this system and produce locally heavier areas of snow along East Vancouver Island.”

Exact snowfall levels are not predicted in the advisory, but the prospect for snow was in Vancouver Island. Travellers on Christmas Eve were advised to monitor forecasts for updates.

The areas impacted are the following:

  • East Vancouver Island – Courtenay to Campbell River
  • East Vancouver Island – Duncan to Nanaimo
  • East Vancouver Island – Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay