UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning ends

Now comes the hard part . . . digging out after Snowmageddon 2017. — The Nelson Daily photo
Now comes the hard part . . . digging out after Snowmageddon 2017. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada has ended its Winter Storm Warning for the West Kootenay/Boundary region as the Pacific frontal system has left the area.

However, the weather is not going to get better anytime soon as there is a call for a risk of freezing rain Thursday evening with a snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm.

Snow mixed with rain is forecast for Friday.

However the abundance of snow in the mountains has led to closure of several highways in the province for avalanche control, including Highway 3 Kootenay Pass, the Paulson Pass 17 kilometers east of Christina Lake and Highway 31 near Coffee Creek, Meadow Creek and Trout Lake Thursday.

Highway 31A between Three Forks and Retallack was also closed due to avalanche control.

People driving the Kootenay Pass could expect two hour delays. Or detour via Highway 3A and the Kootenay Lake Ferry.

On the bright side, the weekend is suppose to be a little dryer.

Check DriveBC for updated information.

It's almost over Snowmageddon Winter Storm Warning

Snowmageddon brought a lot of snow, which led to some taking at least half the day for a Snow Day.

Selkirk College closed down operations.

"Effective immediately, all classes and activities are cancelled," said the college website Thursday.

The snow has forced Kootenay Lake School District to cancel its morning bus runs today due to no access to schools. The message was on the Kootenay Lake School District Twitter account.

Jewett Elementary School in Meadow Creek was closed due to road closure at Lardeau Bluffs.

Nelson Transit experienced a few delays, including a bus that was stuck near L.V. Rogers Thursday morning.

There was also numerous accidents throughout Nelson during the day.

Environment Canada continues its Winter Storm Warning for the Kootenay/Boundary regions Thursday with snow easing into the night, but still accumulations of 5 cms.

DriveBC reports avalanche control on Highway 3 Kootenay Pass along with Highway 31 at Coffee Creek and Meadow Creek.

Check DriveBC for updated information.

Snowmageddon Day Two as Environment Canada continues Winter Storm Warning

Day two of "Snowmageddon 2017" is about to hit as Environment Canada continues its Winter Storm Warning for the Kootenay/Boundary region with hazardous winter conditions expected Thursday.

"A Pacific frontal system has spread heavy snow into the Columbias and Kootenays (Wednesday) night. The snow will continue today and tonight resulting in further accumulations of 15 to 30 cm. Higher amounts are possible for the mountain passes. The snow will ease overnight as the frontal system weakens."

A warning has been made for drivers to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve as rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult.

"If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop."

The hardest hit will be the mountain passes, including Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

DriveBC said the Kootenay Pass was closed Thursday morning due to avalanche control as well as Highway 31 at Meadow Creek.

Both highways will be updated on DriveBC website.

The Snowfall Warning includes Boundary, Arrow Lakes-Slocan Lake, Kootenay Lake, East and West Kootenay and Elk Valley.

The snow has forced Kootenay Lake School District to cancel its bus runs today due to no access to schools. The message was on the Kootenay Lake School District Twitter account.

Jewett Elementary School in Meadow Creek was closed due to road closure at Lardeau Bluffs.

Snowmageddon is returning as Environment Canada issues Winter Storm Warning

It you thought it was bad before, wait until later today . . . or maybe Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued another Winter Storm Warning for the West Kootenay/Boundary region, with accumulations that could reach up to 45 cms expected beginning Wednesday afternoon.

"Hazardous winter conditions are expected," said Environment Canada.

"An intense Pacific warm front will bring heavy snow to most of the Columbia and Kootenay districts tonight through Thursday. Total snowfall accumulations of at least 25 cm are expected."

Anyone with non-essential travel should consider postponing until conditions improve.

"Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop."

Snow accumulation is expected to be as high as 25 cms tonight on mountain passes, including the Paulson and Kootenay Pass Highways.

An intense Pacific warm front will bring heavy snow to most of the Columbia and Kootenay districts tonight through Thursday."

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.

 

 

 

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