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UPDATED: Expect Highway delays as Snowfall Warning ends

Drivers are also asked to watch out for bighorn sheep on Kootenay Pass Highway 3 as shown in this photo posted on the BC Transportation and Infrastructure Facebook page taken last Friday. Please watch out for these (and other) four-legged highway wanderers. — BC Transportation and Infrastructure Facebook

The worst is over, unless a person lives in the higher elevations, after Environment Canada ended its snowfall warning.

Drivers are advised to check DriveBC for any delays on Highways, especially the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass — the latter experiencing delays Thursday morning as work crews deal with avalanche deposit removal.

Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass was expected to open at 9 a.m. Thursday. As well most roads at higher elevations, including Highway 31 from Kaslo to Meadow Creek or to New Denver, are experiencing compact snow with slippery sections.

Environment Canada forecasts wet weather, with snow or rain, to continue into the weekend.

Snowfall Warning continues for Boundary, West Kootenay

Environment Canada is continuing its snowfall warning for West Kootenay, Boundary as well as Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said a nearly stationary Pacific front will continue to bring snow to Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Wednesday and tonight, bringning an additional 15 to 25 cm of snow is expected before snow tapers off late this evening.

"Snow over the Boundary and West Kootenay regions will continue tonight, but may become mixed with rain at times this evening," Environment Canada said.

"Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 cm can be expected by Wednesday morning before the snow changes to rain."

Environment Canada said the Coquihalla Summit and Kootenay Pass could receive 25 to 35 cm snowfall accumulation, while Allison Pass could receive 20 to 25 cm of snowfall accumulation.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance."

"Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions," Environment Canada adds.

ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC

Snowfall Warning called for Boundary, West Kootenay

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning Tuesday for the Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake regions, with an expected amount of 25 to 35 cm snowfall accumulation for the Kootenay Pass.

"A Pacific front moving across the Interior is giving snow to the Kootenays," Environment Canada said.

"Snow over the Boundary and West Kootenay regions will continue tonight, but may become mixed with rain at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 cm can be expected by Wednesday morning before the snow changes to rain."

Environment Canada said the Coquihalla Summit and Kootenay Pass could receive 25 to 35 cm snowfall accumulation, while Allison Pass could receive 20 to 25 cm of snowfall accumulation.

Drivers should be aware that visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow as well surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

"If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance," said Environment Canada.

"Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions."

ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.