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Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning

Environment Canada said a weather pattern over the southeast part of the province brings snow to higher elevations, including Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada issued a Snowfall Warning Tuesday for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — as a weather pattern over the southeast part of the province brings snow to higher elevations.

“A series of systems from the Pacific will begin to bring snow over Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass (Tuesday),” the statement on the Environment Canada website said.

“The snow is expected to intensify this evening and heavy snow will continue until Wednesday afternoon.”

Snowfall accumulations are expected to be between 15 to 25 cm between Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.

Environment Canada said freezing levels will also begin to rise on Wednesday as more warm air moves into the region.

“Parts of the highway may see a transition from snow to rain but higher elevations near the pass will likely continue to see heavy snow,” Environment Canada said.

Environment Canada advises drivers to be prepared to adjust their driving with changing road conditions as visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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

The site ShiftIntoWinter reminds drivers to know before they go and to adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.