December 6, 2013 12:20 am

Vancouver Island gets snow while rest of B.C. will freeze as temps drop

Residents of Vancouver Island are seeing some flakes fall today.

Global BC Meteorologist Kristi Gordon says most areas will see 2 to 5 cm today and the Sunshine Coast will see about 2 cm. There is still the possibility of snow throughout Metro Vancouver as well, but there will not be much accumulation.

Qualicum Beach. Credit: Cl-Alien / Twitter

Arctic air has brought colder-than-normal temperatures to the province this week and Gordon says when that disturbance pushes down the arctic ridge over the Interior will strengthen.

That will mean the winds will pick up through the mountain passes and will make the already cold temperatures feel even colder.

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This ridge will produce extreme cold in the following areas, making it feel like it is -20 on Friday:

- Fraser Valley including Abbotsford and Chilliwack

- Howe Sound – Whistler down through Squamish

The Central and North Coast will also see temperatures like this with the wind chill.

In the Rocky Mountain areas, residents could see wind chills from -35 to -40 from tonight through Friday.

Areas of concern are:

- B.C. Peace River region through Yellowhead, Kinbasket, North Columbia and Yoho National Park.

“It will make the cold we’re feeling already colder,” says Gordon.

The Lower Mainland will see extreme temperatures tonight through the weekend, which will see highs of only 0 degrees.

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