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Posted: January 31, 2021

Precipitation to continue into Monday morning

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting’s meteorological service is predicting variable precipitation of light flurries to snow-rain showers continuing into Monday morning (Feb. 1).

Cranbrook, Moyie and Columbia Valley: Scattered periods of light snow showers lingering into Sunday morning mostly in areas south of Kimberley with amounts one to four cm by daybreak Sunday.  The snow becomes more widespread Sunday afternoon with two to six cm by daybreak Monday while Panorama receives five to 10 cm.

Elk Valley area: Periods of snow into Sunday morning with amounts of two four cm by daybreak Sunday and southwest winds gusting from 30 to 50 km/h. Later Sunday morning, snow becomes more widespread with one to four cm by Monday morning  and higher amounts expected above 1,000 m.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass area, with 20 to 25 cm of snow expected by Monday morning.

A series of Pacific weather systems will give snow to Highway 1 – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass and Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass today.

Snow will continue today and will intensify tonight. Total snow accumulations near 25 cm can be expected before morning in those high-country areas.

Periods of snow are expected continue through Monday with additional snowfall accumulations expected over both highway routes.

Mainroad will be applying anti-icing chemicals and performing snow removal operations where necessary that will continue on all highways until the event passes and roadways are returned to the acceptable standard.

Motorists should expect unsettled weather, drive to the prevailing conditions, and prepare for delays caused by the weather.

Lead image: A Mainroad plow operates on Highway 3 east of Sparwood. e-KNOW file photo


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