mainroad road and weather update
Snowfall of 12-15 cm over the last 12 hours has created compact snow on all roads and highways in the East Kootenay Service Area. Snowfall is continuing and expected to continue sporadically for the next 24 hours, with 5-8cm possible. Mainroad crews and equipment are plowing and sanding but expect severe winter driving conditions throughout the area. The weather is forecasted to clear with a warming trend by mid week, with the possibility of temperatures that will allow a chloride de-icing treatment. For the next 36 hours expect blowing snow with limited visibility at times, and a de-icing application may create slushy conditions later in the week as the melt takes place. Motorists are reminder to make sure windshield wipers are in good condition and to carry plenty of washer fluid. In addition, expect increased wildlife presence near roads and highways. Forecast beyond Wednesday is uncertain at this time, we will update as it becomes clearer. As always, Mainroad winter operations priority is on numbered highways and school bus routes, with residential roads to follow. The recent snowfall has also increased the avalanche hazard, so travelers are advised to check conditions on driveBC before setting out on a trip. Motorists should slow down, increase following distances and be alert for road hazards and rapidly changing conditions. Motorists are also reminded that vehicles should be cleaned of snow before setting out on the highway, for the safety of both themselves and other motorists.