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Posted: February 7, 2020

Heads up to incoming snowfall: Mainroad

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Ltd. this morning (Feb. 7) issued an alert to stakeholders about a weather event anticipated to impact the East Kootenay over the next 24 hours.

Mainroad’s meteorological service is predicting snowfall starting overnight Friday across the region.  The weather event is forecast to end on Saturday at varying times across the service area, with accumulation levels varying as well.

Western parts of the service area (Yahk- Cranbrook- Kimberley- Invermere) are expected to receive approximately five to 10 cm of snow before late morning to noon Saturday. In those areas south of Canal Flats, road surface temperatures are then expected to warm up, which could form slush and cause a hazard.

Elk Valley areas (Elko- Fernie-Sparwood-Elkford) are expected to receive accumulation approximately 10-15 cm before mid-afternoon Saturday.

“Drivers may have noticed our equipment applying anti-ice chemicals to major roadways over the past couple of days, and the chalky white lines on the road surface as a result.  This pre-treatment will assist with snow removal during the weather event by preventing ice from bonding to the surface.  It will also help us to achieve clear road conditions much faster, once the event ends,” Mainroad stated.

Drivers can expect to see our crews commencing snow removal operations and applying anti-icing chemicals and/or winter abrasive throughout the East Kootenay during the event.

“This will continue after the event ends, until local highways are returned to the acceptable standard,” Mainroad said.


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