Special Weather Statement for Kootenay, Boundary region
Even with the recent taste of spring-like weather it’s obvious Old Man Winter just doesn’t want to leave quite yet as Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for the southern interior of BC.
Environment Canada said a significant snowfall followed by a strong surge of arctic air is in store this weekend.
“A strong Pacific low pressure system will move eastward across Washington State on Saturday,” Environment Canada said.
“Snow is forecast to begin early in the day and persist through Saturday night. At the same time a fresh blast of Arctic air will arrive Saturday night bringing strong winds and areas of blowing snow.
Environment Canada said at this time total snowfall amounts are forecast to range between 10 and 20 cm with locally higher amounts possible. Snow will ease on Sunday but the strong winds will persist with cold, dry weather and generally light winds are in store for early next week.
Overnight temperatures are expected to dip to minus-11 by early next week.
Weather in the mountains, including Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
The Special Weather Statement is for the Boundary, Arrow-Slocan Lakes, Kootenay Lake, East and West Kootenay regions.
Road conditions are available at DriveBC.