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A woman bundled up for the cold weather walks up a snow-covered street in Vancouver in December, 2021. Accumulations on the mainland are expected to range from 15 to 25 centimetres.DARRYL DYCK

Environment Canada says heavy snow is expected across much of British Columbia this weekend as a weather system moves from north to south across the province.

The weather office is forecasting significant snowfall for the south coast, with warnings covering Metro Vancouver, the Sea-to-Sky region, the Sunshine Coast, the Fraser Valley and all but the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

It says accumulations on the mainland are expected to range from 15 to 25 centimetres, with up to 35 centimetres possible in some areas, while much of Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands could see 10 to 20 centimetres.

The Vancouver International Airport says incoming snowy weather has resulted in about 15 per cent of flights being cancelled.

It says it worked with airlines to adjust their schedules to delay or cancel flights in and out of the airport, particularly overnight.

The airport says its weather models are predicting 15 to 25 centimetres of snow, most of it coming between 7 p.m. and midnight.

Environment Canada says around 15 centimetres of snow is expected along the mainland coast, but snowfall will begin to ease this afternoon, making way for a few showers or flurries in the evening.

It says a frontal system over the Gulf of Alaska will also bring snow to the B.C. interior, and is urging drivers in the region to use caution and consider postponing travel.

It says snowfall in the interior is expected to begin this afternoon and “become heavy” tonight, with up to 40 centimetres predicted in some areas, but will taper off to flurries tomorrow evening when the system moves out of the region.