Snow is in the forecast for the evening of Thursday, Jan. 9 in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Environment Canada is calling for potential accumulation of more than 5 centimetres of snow between Nanoose Bay and Fanny Bay. (News file photo)

Snow in the forecast for Parksville Qualicum Beach region

More than 5 centimetres expected between Nanoose Bay and Fanny Bay

The Parksville Qualicum Beach region could see a dusting of snowfall tonight (Thursday, Jan. 9) of more than 5 centimetres.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for several areas on the east coast of Vancouver Island, including the area between Nanoose Bay and Fanny Bay.

Temperatures hovering around freezing mean that a mix of rain and snow is in the forecast.

The forecast calls for the snow to change to rain near mid-day Friday, Jan. 10.

However, the release warns more snow is possible this coming weekend, as a series of weather systems in a cool northwest flow from the Gulf of Alaska moves ashore.

READ MORE: Frozen in time: Outdoor skating in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Early next week, cold arctic air from the B.C. interior is slated to arrive on the south coast.

emily.vance@pqbnews.com

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