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Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning for Boundary/West Kootenay

Environment Canada said the public should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve and be prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning for the Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan and Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake regions, with accumulations between 10 to 15 cm for the region and 25 to 40 cm for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said a long period snowfall event is expected beginning Wednesday night and into Friday.

“An intense winter storm is forecast to move into southeastern B.C. overnight tonight and bring a prolonged period of snowfall to the highway and (Boundary) West Kootenay region,” Environment Canada said.

“Heavy snow will begin tonight and continue for an extended period of time before easing off to flurries Friday morning for West Kootenay, and Friday evening for Highway 3.”

Environment Canada said the public should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve and be prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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

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

Road conditions are available at the DriveBC website.