Snowfall Warning for Mountain Parks and Kootenay Pass


Heads up if you are heading to Alberta for the weekend or if you are coming to the East Kootenay or if you are traveling west through the Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Kootenay National Park and Yoho National Park areas, as well as the North Columbia and Kinbasket and Kootenay Pass areas.

Heavy snowfall is expected later this afternoon through overnight, with 6-8 inches possible in the parks.

“Periods of moderate snowfall will intensify in the late afternoon as a low pressure system moves through the interior of British Columbia. Snowfall near 15 to 20 cm is expected before the heavy snow did break into a few light showers overnight,” Environment Canada said.

“Be prepared to adapt your driving to changing road conditions. The rapid accumulation of snow could make travel difficult in some places.

Kootenay Pass earlier today (November 4). Photo DriveBC

There is also a snow warning for Kootenay Pass to Paulson Summit, with 6-10 inches of snow expected.

“An atmospheric river brings snow to high elevation mountain passes in the interior of British Columbia. Moderate snow on Highway 3 – from Paulson Peak to Kootenay Pass – will intensify this afternoon,” Environment Canada said.

“Rising freezing levels will turn the precipitation into rain mixed with wet snow late this evening. Currently, there is still some uncertainty associated with the exact timing of this warming. As temperatures begin to cool overnight, precipitation will return to a chance of showers.

Although not under a snowfall warning, Elk Valley is expected to receive between two and five cm of snow.

The Cranbrook/Kimberley and Columbia Valley areas have a 60% chance of snow showers or rain showers.

photo of e-KNOW file



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