TRAVEL ALERT MONDAY MORNING

Snowfall, with total amounts to 25 cm is expected BY Monday morning Dec 18…

Issued by Environment Canada 7:00 AM Sunday Dec 17, 2017 – UPDATED: 9:08 AM Monday Dec 18, 2017

Up to 25 cm of snow expected Tuesday.

An approaching moisture-laden warm front will bring heavy snow to the Boundary, West Kootenay and Elk Valley regions on Tuesday. The snow will start falling shortly after midnight and then become heavy at times beginning mid morning. The heavy snowfall will taper off after midnight on Wednesday.

Boundary: Greatest accumulations expected along Highway 3 and for the City of Grand Forks.

West Kootenay: Greatest accumulations expected in southern regions such as the City of Trail. Significant, but lesser amounts are expected for Castlegar.

Kootenay Pass: Snowfall amount likely exceeding 25 cm.

Elk Valley: Greatest accumulation expected for the City of Fernie and along Highway 3 south to Elko. Significant, but lesser amounts are expected for Sparwood.

This winter storm watch may be upgraded to a warning once greater certainty is achieved regarding snowfall amounts and specific locations impacted.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

TRAVEL ALERTS

Hydro Lines Down

Highway 31 Both directions – Closed in both directions 10 km north of Coffee Creek Bridge at Woodbury because of Hydro Lines Down. Assessment in progress, no estimated time of opening. Next update at 09:00am. Updated on Mon Dec 18 at 8:22 am PST.   As always, before you drive, please visit www.drivebc.ca for the current road conditions.

Heavy Snowfall

Highway 93 Both directions – Closed in both directions at Radium Hot Springs to Castle Junction because of Heavy Snowfall. Estimated time of opening at noon today. Next update at 11AM. Updated on Mon Dec 18 at 8:56 am PST.  As always, before you drive, please visit www.drivebc.ca for the current road conditions.

East Kootenay road and weather update

(Submitted by Mainroad) – The forecast looks much the same this morning with heavy snow expected throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday.  Accumulations in the 15-25cm range are forecast.  During the snowfall period temperatures will be dropping and winds picking up so limited visibility due to blowing snow is likely.

By Saturday, this system will have passed bringing temperatures in the -15C to -25C range with the colder temperatures in the Elk Valley region.  Winds will drop off but wind chill remains a hazard.

Holiday travelers and commuters should be prepared for severe winter conditions and leave plenty of extra time.  As always, before you drive, please visit www.drivebc.ca for the current road conditions and allow for some extra time to reach your destination.

Mainroad crews are out plowing/patrolling the service area.  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

It’s a blizzard out on the local roads…PHOTO: DriveBC. Meadows Jct
Hwy 3 at Hwy 3B junction looking westbound. (elevation: 700 metres)

SNOWFALL WARNING IN EFFECT SUNDAY INTO MONDAY

Issued by Environment Canada 7:00 AM Sunday Dec 17, 2017 –

The heaviest snow is expected across the North and West Columbia, Kinbasket, North Thompson, Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake, Kootenay Lake, and Kootenay Pass.

TRAVEL ALERT:

Snowfall warning also in effect for: Trans-Canada Highway – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass & Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass – road updates at DriveBC

A Pacific front slumping southward across the BC Interior will spread snow to the region today and tonight.

Snow is expected to taper off Monday as the front exits the province.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.