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UPDATED: Kootenay Pass open to traffic

The intersection of Highway 6 and Whitewater Ski Resort road was busy Monday with many people taking a snow day after the overnight snow dump.

Avalanche control near summit of Kootenay Pass has been completed the DriveBC website said.

Kootenay Pass closed for avalanche control

DriveBC has issued a road warning for Highway 3 in near the summit of the Kootenay Pass.

Snow accumulation during Monday's snowfall warning has forced closure of the Kootenay Pass near the summit in both directions for avalanche control from Noon until 2 p.m.

Traffic is being diverted via Highway 3A on the Kootenay Lake Ferry. Next update is slated for 2 p.m.

Snowfall warning remains for West Kootenay/Boundary highways

Environment Canada said a snowfall warning, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm continues in the West Kootenay region.

Environment Canada said a Pacific frontal system is spreading snow at times heavy to the Kootenay regions.

"An additional 10 to 15 cm of snow can be expected over West Kootenay and Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass today," the warning on the Environment Canada website said. 'The snow will ease this afternoon as the front departs."

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected. Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

ShiftIntoWinter.ca and Yellowhead Road & Bridge (YRB) remind drivers to slow down when highway plow trucks are approaching and drive the road conditions and reminds drivers to know before you go.

Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

Whitewater Ski Resort received 14cm this morning and 29cm since Sunday evening. 

Red Mountain in Rossland reports 8 cm Monday.