Snow expected this weekend in Elk Valley

5-10 cm expected by Saturday night

Five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the Elk Valley by Saturday night.

Environment Canada announced the expected snowfall in a Special Weather Statement Friday morning, saying that high elevation snow could start today.

“A cold air mass is settling in over the B.C. Interior and persisting through the weekend,” read the release by Environment Canada.

“Lowering freezing levels and unsettled conditions will support the chance of snow over higher elevations.”

The release further explained that Kootenay Pass has the potential to see a significant amount of snow during this period. Rain will likely give way to periods of snow near the summit tonight (Friday) and and could persist through the weekend into Sunday.

Environment Canada says areas along the B.C./Alberta border are expected to see snow as well.

In the Elk Valley, freezing levels are expected to hover just above the valley bottom later Friday and will drop Friday night. A changeover to snow is likely Friday night with periods of snow possibly persisting through Sunday. They say accumulations remain uncertain at this time, but 5 to 10 cm by Saturday night is plausible.

A return to drier conditions and seasonal temperatures are expected early next week.

Mainroad says they are preparing for mixed winter conditions, including snow.

“Motorists should expect deteriorating conditions, drive to the conditions and prepare for delays caused by the weather,” read a release by Mainroad.

Mainroad says they will be applying their anti-icing program and performing snow removal operations where necessary, which will continue on all highways until the event passes and roadways are returned to the acceptable standard.

“Our 24-hour communications and dispatch office will pass on your observations and concerns when contacted.”

The communications and dispatch for mainroad is: 1-800-665-4929

To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

To submit a photo of severe weather email editor@thefreepress.ca

Just Posted

Elk Valley Furniture Studio celebrates grand opening

Elk Valley Furniture Studio is inviting the community to shop selection, shop… Continue reading

Local art on display at annual Hearth studio sale

Residents of and visitors to Fernie lined up outside Sarah Pike’s home… Continue reading

New location, new energy for The Good Earth

The Good Earth celebrated their grand opening in a new space on… Continue reading

Fernie Arts Co-op celebrates upgraded space with sale

The Fernie Arts Co-op was a busy place on Saturday, as they… Continue reading

Holiday Artisan Fair at The Arts Station showcases local talent

The Arts Station was bustling and alive with artisans, shoppers and live… Continue reading

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Most Read