UPDATED OCT 31: Winter weather alert for the East Kootenays

First blast of winter expected over the next few days

Kootenay Pass Hwy 3, Salmo Creston Highway Summit, looking east. (elevation: 1781 metres)

Travellers are advised to be prepared for winter conditions and should stay tuned for updated forecasts. As well please consult www.DRIVEBC.ca for road conditions.


A winter system is expected to hit all areas of the East Kootenays starting Tuesday night / Wednesday morning.

(Submitted by Mainroad) – Just a quick update on the winter weather expected in the next 36 hours.  The forecast from yesterday (Oct 30) remains substantially the same however it appears that the precipitation may begin as rain in some areas and transition to snow as temperatures drop late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

This creates ideal conditions for ice formation and freezing rain.

Motorists should be advised to expect these conditions and also to watch for flash icing on bridge decks, shaded areas and near water even if there hasn’t been any precipitation.

We are also experiencing morning fog in some areas which can lead to icy conditions, particularly at daybreak or just after.

Mainroad crews and equipment will be out patrolling the service areas however please be aware that these conditions can develop and dissipate very rapidly.  

OCT 30 – (Submitted by Mainroad) – Accumulations of 15 to 20 cm over the following 4 days are possible in some areas with temperatures dropping to near -20C in parts of the Elk Valley and -15C elsewhere in the district.  Should clear by Sunday but cold temperatures are expected to linger.

Mainroad crews are now on a 24 hour winter shift and will be patrolling, plowing and treating roads as conditions dictate.  Motorists should expect winter driving conditions and be prepared for the first blast of winter with good winter tires, winter wiper blades and plenty of winter washer fluid. Watch for wildlife, leave extra time to get to your destination and check Drive BC before heading out on the highway. Watch for plows and spreader equipment working.

Our 24 hour communications centre will pass on all your observations and concerns to our crews when contacted.

Mainroad 24hr Hotline: 1-800-665-4929



Today – Tuesday Oct 31 Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness near noon. High 6.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers this evening then 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low minus 1.
Wed, 1 Nov Periods of snow ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Snowfall amount 2 cm. High plus 3.
Night Flurries. Low minus 2.
Thu, 2 Nov Periods of snow. High zero.
Night Snow. Low minus 7.
Fri, 3 Nov Periods of snow. High minus 2.
Night Periods of snow. Low minus 5.
Sat, 4 Nov Snow. High minus 1.
Night Cloudy with 70 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 5.
Sun, 5 Nov Cloudy. High zero.
Night Cloudy. Low minus 7.
Mon, 6 Nov Cloudy. High plus 1.