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Posted: November 23, 2015

Weather alert removed for region

From dreary news to good news; Environment Canada has removed the East Kootenay from the weather alert issued yesterday (Nov. 22).

However, our neighbours in the Central Kootenay need to remain vigilant. A low pressure system developing near Vancouver Island spread snow to most of the highways to the west of our region this morning.

A Special Weather Statement is in effect for Highway 3 – for the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass area, with 15 to 20 cm of snow expected through today and tonight.

The snow will initially be light for Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector and Kootenay Pass but will become heavy at times by tonight. Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are expected. The snow will ease over western sections overnight and then over Rogers and Kootenay passes on Tuesday, Environment Canada reported this morning (Nov. 23).

An Arctic front is still expected to bring strong northerly winds and blowing snow to most routes overnight.

There is also a snowfall warning for the Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake area, with 10 to 20 cm expected.

Environment Canada’s weather forecast for the East Kootenay

Cranbrook and Kimberley– For the rest of Monday, Nov. 23: Cloudy. Snow at times heavy beginning this evening; two to four cm of snow expected. Low minus 4.

Tuesday, Nov. 24: Snow at times heavy ending late in the morning then cloudy; five cm of snow possible. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High minus 3, with a low of -14 expected. Then it’s find your sunglasses for the next five days, at least, with clear skies and highs ranging between -4 and -7 and lows from -15 to -11 up to Sunday, Nov. 29. Greater snowfall could be expected in Kimberley.

Conditions in the Elk Valley and Columbia Valley are expected to be similar over the same period.

For more on what is happening weather-alert-wise in our region, click HERE.


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