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UPDATED: Significant amounts of snow expected on Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The snow will continue through Wednesday afternoon with further accumulations expected.

Environment Canada said a vigorous Pacific frontal system will bring significant amount of snow to Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Tuesday through Wednesday with total snow accumulations of 50 to 60 cm forecasted by Wednesday morning.

“Warm air moving into the region may lead to snow becoming mixed with rain tonight,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow will continue through Wednesday afternoon with further accumulations expected.”

Environment Canada said travel is not recommended as surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots becoming difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Environment Canada said visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Environment Canada said reminds drivers that weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions and check out Shift Into Winter  website to know before heading out as well a
djust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

Highway 3 Weather Alert — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake regions can expect to see snow at the higher elevations of Highway 3 after Environment Canada issued at a Winter Weather Alert Monday.

Environment Canada said hazardous winter conditions are expected with snow beginning Monday evening and intensifying on Tuesday.

Environment Canada said 40 to 50 cm snow is expected by Tuesday evening.

“A series of vigorous Pacific frontal systems will begin to affect southeastern British Columbia Monday evening bringing significant amounts of snow to Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass through Tuesday,” Environment Canada website said.

“The snow is forecast to continue Tuesday night into late Wednesday afternoon with additional snowfall accumulation expected,” Environment Canada added.

“Warm air moving into the region may lead to snow becoming mixed with rain Tuesday night.”

Environment Canada said surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow with visibility suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Environment Canada said weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions and reminds drivers to adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains by going to the Shift Into Winter website.


Road conditions are available at DriveBC.