NORTHEASTERN VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Snowfall with total amounts of five centimetres near the coast and 10 to 20 centimetres inland is expected.

According to Environment Canada, an approaching Pacific frontal system will spread precipitation across Vancouver Island today.

A cool air mass currently over the region means that precipitation will begin as snow this morning.

The snow is expected to fall through the day as snow levels remain near sea level, though near the water, snow may become mixed with rain in the afternoon.

Gradual warming through tonight will cause snow to change to rain by Wednesday morning.

Near five centimetres can be expected over East Vancouver Island today.

A total of 10 to 20 centimetres is possible for Inland Vancouver Island by Wednesday morning.

The heaviest snow is expected over higher terrain and locations away from the water.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” Environment Canada said.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”