As expected, snow has begun blanketing the region. We could get as much as 20 centimetres. R-C-M-P Constable Rob Gardner says if you have to drive, make sure you’re well prepared and drive to the conditions. The snow is expected to become mixed with rain at the lower elevations. Meantime, an air quality advisory has been issued for the Comox Valley because of high concentrations of fine particles. Open burning restrictions are also in effect within 15 kilometres of Courtenay City Hall.