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Posted: March 31, 2016

Winter tire rules end today

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is reminding motorists that while the winter tire rules end today, Thursday, March 31, those planning to travel on provincial highways throughout the province should still be prepared for possible winter conditions at higher elevations.

While spring-like conditions are emerging in many parts of the province, occasional winter storms can still occur and motorists are expected to know before they go and drive to conditions. Highways, which pass through more than one climate zone, may have weather that varies along that same corridor.

It is important to be prepared before you set out for driving this spring. That means equipping your vehicle and checking DriveBC for the latest conditions.

M+SUnder the Motor Vehicle Act, winter tires have been defined as those labeled with either the winter mountain/snowflake or the mud and snow (M+S) symbols. Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres. Under the act, winter tires meeting these standards are required between Oct. 1 and March 31 on mountain passes that experience winter-like conditions.

It is important that all those who use these highways take their time to ensure they are prepared for the trip ahead and consider their safety and the safety of other motorists while on the roads. Drivers should know before they go and check DriveBC for the latest updates on weather conditions and road closures, MOTI pointed out in a press release.

Meanwhile, winter continues to slowly peter out, especially in the high country. Drivers heading west today on Highway 3 should be aware that avalanche control work is ongoing in Kootenay Pass, 30 km west of Creston, for a 27-km stretch from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

An alternate route is available from Nelson to Creston via Highway 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry.

Drivers can also expect minor delays on Highway 3 near Irishman Creek. Electrical maintenance work is underway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with single lane alternating traffic.

For more information on winter tire and chain requirements in B.C.

Lead image: Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 as of 9 a.m. this morning (March 31). DriveBC

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