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Posted: January 12, 2020

Blowing snow added to bitter cold warning

Environment Canada has been busy issuing special weather statements for the East Kootenay today (Jan. 12).

First off, it re-issued yesterday’s bitter cold warning for the entire region.

An extremely cold arctic airmass over the interior will make its way southward through the weekend. This airmass will begin to move across the central and southern interior today.

“Temperatures will plummet to values not seen in years. With strong north winds, it is expected that wind chill values will reach minus 30 in the Yellowhead, Columbias and southwest interior by Monday morning. Most of the Kootenays won’t reach really cold wind chill values until Monday night,” Environment Canada stated.

Environment Canada today issued a blowing snow advisory in effect for the Elk Valley and Yoho Park – Kootenay Park areas. Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is expected today and this evening.

“A low pressure system will move across southern B.C. today spreading snow to the interior. At the same time, the arctic front will arrive with strong gusty winds and dropping temperatures. These winds are expected to rise late in the morning and remain strong through the afternoon and evening,” Environment Canada outlined.

“The combination of falling snow with very strong winds will result in blowing snow and poor visibility. The worst conditions are expected through the afternoon and evening. Visibility will improve through the night as snow tapers off and winds ease.

“Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”

Lead image: A vehicle windshield at -30 – taken in early March 2019 during the winter’s worst cold snap in the region (in this case, Fernie). e-KNOW file photo


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