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Posted: January 7, 2020

Heavy snow, ice hazards expected in some areas

Toby Creek Road near Panorama.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Ltd. is advising travellers and region residents of heavy snowfall in some locations throughout Tuesday and ending Tuesday night (Jan. 7).

“Temperatures will warm slightly throughout the day, so the snow will become wetter, and at elevations below 1,000m the precipitation may change to snow/ rain mix,” Mainroad stated in a stakeholder advisory this morning.

At this time Mainroad expects total snow accumulation by Tuesday night to be approximately: Panorama area, 25cm; Cranbrook area, 15cm;  Moyie-Yahk, up to 10cm; Elk Valley, 25cm.

“In addition, we expect temperatures to plunge below -10°C  in most areas after Wednesday night. This may become too cold for anti-icing chemicals to work effectively, so there is a higher chance of ice hazards for the rest of the week after Wednesday,” Mainroad said.

Highway 3/95 at Irishman Creek, east of Yahk.

Last night, Environment Canada updated its Weather Storm Watch for the Elk Valley to a Storm Warning.

“A Pacific frontal system crossing Southern B.C. today will bring near 25 cm of snow to Fernie and Morrissey by Wednesday morning. The heavy snow is expected to ease somewhat tonight and then become intermittent on Wednesday as the system exits the province,” Environment Canada stated.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.”

Lead image: Highway 3 at Morrissey, west of Fernie, earlier this morning (Jan. 7). DriveBC images

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