The Elk Valley is under a snowfall warning from Environment Canada on Nov. 30, 2022 for the day and into the evening. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The Elk Valley is under a snowfall warning from Environment Canada on Nov. 30, 2022 for the day and into the evening. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Hazardous driving conditions’ as Elk Valley blanketed with snow

Environment Canada is warning drivers to be careful on the roads amid heavy snowfall

Environment Canada has warned Elk Valley drivers to be careful on the roads in a snowfall warning issued early Wednesday (Nov. 30) morning.

The weather alert warns of snowfall coming in through Wednesday and overnight, with nearly 10 cm having been predicted through the day and another 10 cm overnight, except near Fernie, which was expected to be the hardest hit with 15 to 20 cm.

The snow could create ‘hazardous driving conditions’, the warning states.

“A frontal system crossing the area will bring snow today. Another disturbance passing to the south tonight will bring more snow. Total accumulations are expected to be 20 to 30 cm with the highest amounts near Fernie. Snow will ease Thursday morning.”

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”

“Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.”

The City of Fernie posted to Facebook saying that they have a full plow scheduled for Thursday morning beginning at 4 a.m.

“Tonight, please ensure you are parked according to the winter parking schedule to allow our crews to do an effective job clearing your street, and avoid being issued a ticket,” the City post reads.

Winter parking details can be found at the City of Fernie website.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting has also notified that their crews are out responding to the current snow accumulations.

“Please do not pass snowplows while they are working for your safety as well as the operators.”

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