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UPDATED: Snowfall Warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said the Kootenay Pass could get up to 15 cm of snow today. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada updated its website Tuesday to say that snowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected at the higher elevations of Highway 3, Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit.

Environment Canada  said snow, heavy at times, is expected over the Pennask and Kootenay Pass summits today.

“A frontal system will cross the province (Tuesday),” Environment Canada said. “Snow will taper off this afternoon with 15 cm expected.”

The public should be prepared to adjust driving with changing road conditions as visibility may be suddenly reduced at times due to the heavy snow.

“If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop,” Environment Canada said.

Environment Canada said weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Shift Into Winter reminds drivers to know before you go and adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.



Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

Expect snow at higher elevations of Highway 3 — Environment Canada

Motorists travelling the higher elevations of Highway 3 must prepare for snow after Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass Monday.

Environment Canada said snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

“Snow (Monday) morning over the Pennask and Kootenay Pass summits has ended, however, another round of snow is expected beginning (Monday night,” the Environment Canada website said.

“An additional 15 to 20 cm is possible through Tuesday morning.”

Environment Canada said the next system will approach Monday night with snow levels near 1000 meters, while at times heavy.

Environment Canada said snow will to taper off Tuesday afternoon.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” Environment Canada said.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for taillights ahead and be prepared to stop.”



Environment Canada said weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions. Shift Into Winter reminds drivers to know before you go and adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.



Road conditions are available at DriveBC.