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Posted: December 9, 2021

Heavy snow alert issued for Elk Valley

Environment Canada this morning issued a special weather statement in effect for the Elk Valley, with heavy snow expected Friday evening through Saturday (Dec. 10/11).

“A weather system will bring heavy snow to parts of interior B.C. Friday evening through Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 15 cm are expected before the snow tapers off Saturday evening. Southern sections near Fernie and Morrissey could receive up to 30 cm of snow,” Environment Canada stated.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.”

The weather statement is only for the Elk Valley at this time, with the other three parts of the region still expected to receive some precipition.

There is a 70% chance of flurries in Cranbrook/Kimberley and in the Columbia Valley on Friday and Saturday.

For those planning on attending the 5 p.m. Santa Claus Parade in downtown Cranbrook Saturday, Dec. 11, it is forecast to be cloudy with 70% chance of flurries or rain showers, windy, with a low minus 2.

Kootenay National Park is expected to get snow and some heavy wind, causing blowing snow, with lows between -7 and -10 C Dec. 11 and 12.

Looking west, there is an Environment Canada special weather statement in effect for Highway 3 between Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass.

Heavy snow with strong winds are expected Friday evening through Saturday, with 15 to cm of snow possible.

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