Special weather statement issued for West Kootenay/Boundary region
Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement Sunday for most of the province, including the southern interior of BC, as strong winds are expected late Monday.
Environment Canada said wind gusts to 60 km/h may toss loose objects and cause drought-weakened tree branches to break that may give rise to injuries, damage or power outages.
“On Monday, a strong cold front will sweep through the southern British Columbia interior beginning Monday late afternoon and continuing into the evening,” the Environment Canada website said.
“Ahead of the cold front, moderate southwest winds with possible gusts up to 60 km/h are expected Monday afternoon.”
Environment Canada said as the cold front passes, beginning late Monday night and into the evening, winds will shift to west or northwest by late afternoon or early evening.
“These northwest winds will be accompanied with wind gusts up to 60 km/h,” Environment Canada said.
“The strong winds will abate through Monday night.”
Environment Canada is also urging the public to be cautious driving the mountain passes in the Kootenay region, including Highway 3, Kootenay Pass to Paulson Summit.
Weather in the mountains can change very quickly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
B.C. law requires drivers to obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31. For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the requirement extends until April 30.
Road conditions are available at DriveBC.