Even though snow was in the forecast throughout the week, drivers in Sooke apparently didn't get the memo, according to RCMP.

Police issued a news release cautioning drivers about accumulating snow and said it had already caused "numerous collisions" Friday morning.

RCMP said the found "that very few drivers are prepared for the weather with few vehicles having winter tires."

Highway 14, which connects Sooke to the West Shore, was slippery as were most side roads in the area, RCMP said.

Several vehicles slid into ditches on an incline of Gillespie Road, forcing firefighters to send down one vehicle at a time to prevent pile-up crashes.

"We've got pretty slick conditions," said Sooke firefighter Daniel Donaldson. "We don't recommend people coming out who don't have to."

"Police are advising you not travel unless it is absolutely necessary," they said.

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