Winter driving conditions developing
DriveBC reports winter driving conditions in the Elk Valley and Cranbrook areas as swirling snowfall arrives with dropping temperatures, the product of the jet stream dragging Arctic air southward along the Rockies.
DriveBC reports winter driving conditions between Sparwood and the Alberta border on Highway 3, with compact snow and it is still snowing.
It also reports blowing snow with strong crosswinds between Fernie and Sparwood along Highway 3.
To the west, there is blowing snow between Elko and Fernie, with limited visibility due to heavy snowfall, creating winter driving conditions. Watch for slippery sections.
It also reports winter driving conditions between Sparwood and Elkford on Highway 43, with compact snow.
Environment Canada says the snow should end this afternoon in the Elk Valley but remain cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Winds could grow to 40 km/h and gust to 60 early this afternoon, with the temperature falling to minus 11 this afternoon, with wind chill minus 21 this afternoon.
Similar conditions can be expected in the Kootenay National Park area.
Additionally, watch for slippery sections between Fort Steele and Wasa on Highway 93/95.
The City of Cranbrook is currently experiencing steady, light snowfall.
Winds are expected to be gusting to 60 km/h this afternoon but becoming lighter this evening in Cranbrook and area with a low of minus 13 (wind chill minus 18 this evening).
Please drive safely and to the conditions.
Lead image: Highway 3 east of Sparwood. DriveBC photos