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Expect winter driving on mountain highways as cold front brings more snow

The highway cam on the Paulson Summit shows the road covered in snow Wednesday afternoon. — DriveBC photo

Another blast of winter is expected to hit the mountains in and around the West Kootenay says Environment Canada.

"A cold front will continue moving across the BC interior today," said Enivronment Canada.

"Snow over Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass is expected to intensify this afternoon. Periods of snow will persist through tonight as the front stalls over the area. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 25 cm are expected by Thursday morning."

The snowfall will change road conditions on the Kootenay and Paulson summit highways with the possibility of visibility suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

"Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions," said Enivronment Canada.

"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.

Environment Canada forecast has snow level lowering to valley bottoms overnight Wednesday. Snow level should rise to 900 meters Thursday.