Back to top

UPDATED: Snowfall warning lifted; check Avalanche Canada for Kootenay/Boundary conditions

Crews were busy Thursday with avalanche cleanup on the Kootenay Pass. — YRB Twitter photo

Environment Canada has lifted its Snowfall Warning after the Pacific frontal system moved through the Southern Interior and now into Alberta.

Drivers are urged to proceed on highways with caution as road crews clean up the slushy snow that accumulated overnight.

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.

Meanwhile backcountry skiers are urged to check avalanche conditions before heading out into the wilderness for the weekend.

The Avalanche Canada forecast for the Kootenay Boundary region is Considerable following the recent storm.

“Snowfall and wind will drive avalanche hazard,” the website said. “Approach cross-loaded features and rollovers with caution, more reactive deposits will be win affected terrain.”

The rating for the weekend ranges from Considerable in the alpine to Moderate in below treeline.

Check Avalanche Canada website for current conditions.

Snowfall warning for Boundary, West Kootenay

Get ready for another blast of winter as Mother Nature prepares to drop between 15-20 cm of snow in the West Kootenay Boundary.

Environment Canada issued a Snowfall warning for the Southern Interior Wednesday after a Pacific frontal system stalls over southern British Columbia.

“Snow will intensify overnight and continue through Friday morning except that over the low-lying areas snow may change to rain Thursday night,” Environment Canada said.

“A total of 30 to 45 centimetresof snow will fall by the time the snow eases on Friday.”

Environment Canada said rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

The system is expected to bring hazardous winter conditions to the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass with totals of 25 to 45 centimetres expected. As well the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, Allison Pass and the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle to Rogers Pass are expecting high accumulation of snow.

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.