Mainroad road and weather update

Another 20-30 cm of fresh snow forecasted for the area.

  • Feb. 8, 2017 8:00 p.m.

We are forecasted to receive another 20-30 cm of fresh snow over the next 48 hours, starting tonight.

Snowfall is anticipated to be area wide, with higher accumulations in the Elk Valley. Temperatures are expected to rise dramatically during the storm from the current extreme cold to possibly above freezing. This creates ideal conditions for compact snow and ice formation, combined with blowing snow transitioning to slushy conditions.

Motorists should expect and be prepared for extreme winter driving conditions, extended travel times and possible delays. A high potential exists for increased avalanche hazard as well.

Mainroad crews and equipment will be out in force 24 hours a day, please be patient as we plow on a priority system and can’t be everywhere at once. The extreme snowfall of recent days has placed an extreme work load on crews and equipment and we are working as quickly as possible.

Many roads and bridges have snowbanks that act to narrow the roadway, please slow down, exercise caution and watch for crews and equipment. As the temperature warms up, water ponding is also possible so be alert to changing conditions. Motorists are also advised to be particularly careful at or approaching intersections, as high snowbanks can limit visibility.

Be prepared, check DriveBC and know before you go.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting 24 hour hotline: 1-800-665-4929.  Please report road hazards and unsafe conditions.  This hotline is used to update DriveBC, dispatch additional personnel and record public communication as required.