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Posted: January 6, 2020

Winter storm watch in place for Elk Valley

Environment Canada has this morning issued a winter storm watch in effect for the Elk Valley.

A Pacific frontal system will spread significant moisture across the Columbia and Elk Valley regions on Tuesday. Consequently, snow will become heavy at times in the morning and last through Tuesday night. At this time accumulations are expected to reach 25 cm over a 24-hour period. The snow is forecast to end Wednesday morning, Environment Canada forecasted.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Ltd.’s meteorological service is predicting snowfall in many locations in the East Kootenay, with heavy precipitation in some locations, particularly after Tuesday morning (Jan. 7).

Mainroad provided an approximate breakdown of incoming winter events for the East Kootenay this morning (Jan. 6):

  • Monday: Flurries in many areas of the East Kootenay until Monday night.
  • Monday overnight: heavier snowfall in Yahk and Grasmere, towards the U.S. border.
  • Tuesday: Snowfall across the region with heavier intensity at higher elevations. Some locations may receive up to 20 cm.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.


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