Wind warning for coast

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for parts of the south coast including Vancouver Island.

Residents are advised to prepare for wind gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour in some areas.

An intense frontal system is approaching B.C.'s coast and it is expected to bring southeasterly winds of 70 km/h up to 90 km/h for the Victoria region near Haro Strait, southern sections of the Southern Gulf Islands, exposed coastal sections of the Sunshine Coast and east Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

The winds are expected to pick up later this afternoon and subside this evening.

In our neck of the woods, Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for highway 3 and the  Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.

An approaching Pacific frontal system will bring heavy snow to Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass. A few flurries this morning will become snow heavy at times tonight and the snow will continue into Thursday morning. Total snow accumulations up to 25 cm are expected before the snow changes to rain Thursday afternoon.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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