Stormy seas heading towards Sidney on December 3rd 2015 - Image: Joel Martin‎

Environment Canada is warning that strong winds and snowfall may delay travel for Greater Victorians on Boxing Day.

A deep trough over the Pacific will approach the north coast of British Columbia tonight, then progress southeast on Monday. Strong southerly winds will develop during the day on Monday. Winds will be strongest near the Strait of Georgia.

Moisture will combine with the cool air over the south coast resulting in moderate to heavy snowfall for inland sections of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Snow will begin overnight and continue Monday or even Monday night.

The snow will eventually change to rain over most regions. As is normally the case, the changeover from snow to rain will take longer in certain areas, particularly over higher terrain, resulting in locally significant snowfall accumulations.

Snowfall warnings may be issued later today for several south coast regions.

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