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Posted: December 18, 2021

Storm warning for Kootenay National Park

Environment Canada has this morning issued a storm warning for Kootenay National Park and Yoho National Park area.

In addition, a special weather statement has been issued for the Columbia Valley, Cranbrook and Kimberley areas with potential snowfall between five to 10 cm. The snowfall warning issued yesterday remains in effect for the Elk Valley.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected in the North Columbia, West Columbia, Trans-Canada Highway – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, North Thompson, Yoho National Park up to Sunday morning (Dec. 19).

Snowfall accumulations between 20 to 30 cm is anticipated for West Columbia, North Columbia, North Thompson and Yoho National Park and 25 to 35 cm for Trans-Canada Highway – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

Blowing snow is likely along Highway 1 east of Field towards the Alberta border.

“A strong Pacific frontal system is moving across the B.C. interior today. Heavy snow will bring hazardous winter conditions before tapering off to a few flurries Sunday morning,” Environment Canada stated.

“In addition, strong west winds of 40 km/h gusting to 60 will produce blowing snow with near-zero visibility near Yoho National Park. Travellers are advised to use caution travelling on Highway 1 between Field and the Alberta border.

“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Road closures are possible. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”

Lead image: Winter driving in Kootenay National Park. e-KNOW file photo


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