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Posted: January 4, 2022

Mainroad issues cold weather advisory

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting this evening issued a cold weather advisory covering the entire region, but folks in the Elk Valley best bundle up double-time.

Continued cold weather ahead, along with flurries and winds, are all in the forecast for the East Kootenay service area. We encourage everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight,” Mainroad stated.

By local area, Mainroad’s meteorological service is predicting the following conditions over the next 36 hours:

Elk Valley:

A period of cold wind chills is ongoing for the Elk Valley which will last until late Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 5).  Temperatures near minus -22OC combined with strong winds could result in wind chill values near -35OC this evening and continue until early Wednesday afternoon.

Cranbrook/Kimberley Area:

Scattered flurries to begin tonight and continue late into Wednesday morning for the Cranbrook/Kimberley/Yahk area. Temperatures are forecasted to drop to -18OC with a southeastern wind.

Columbia Valley:

Cold temperatures are anticipated tonight with -15OC and a light northwestern wind for the Invermere and Panorama areas. Light flurries are forecast to begin on Thursday and continue into Friday evening with accumulations of up to 5cm.

Mainroad maintenance crews will be continuously plowing and applying anti-icing chemicals and abrasive until the roadways are returned to the acceptable standard.

Motorists should use caution, drive to the conditions, and prepare for delays caused by the weather. Drivers should check www.drivebc.ca before heading out.

Mainroad’s 24-hour communications and dispatch office will pass on all your observations and concerns to our crews when contacted.

See an issue on East Kootenay highways?  Give Mainroad a call at 1-800-665-4929.

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