Motorists are encouraged to drive to conditions with snowfall expected over the next 24 hours. File photo

Motorists are encouraged to drive to conditions with snowfall expected over the next 24 hours. File photo

Up to 20cm of snow forecast for Elk Valley

Storm to affect East and West Kootenay; motorists encouraged to drive to conditions

Hold onto your toques, winter isn’t over yet.

A snowfall warning has been issued for the Elk Valley with up to 20cm expected by Wednesday morning.

According to Environment Canada, a slow-moving frontal system will bring snow to the area today and tonight.

It is predicting 10 to 20cm of snow by Wednesday morning.

The storm is expected to affect the East and West Kootenay, with local highway contractor Mainroad also issuing an advisory.

“All motorists are encouraged to prepare for deteriorating conditions,” read a release issued late Monday.

“If travel is necessary, allow more travel time and drive with extra caution.”

During and after the event, Mainroad crews will apply anti-icing chemicals and/or winter abrasive, and commence snow removal operations as required.

This will continue on all highways until the event passes and roadways are back to normal.

Motorists are encouraged to report any observations and concerns to Mainroad’s 24-hour communications and dispatch office, which will be passed onto highway crews.

To make a report, call 1-800-665-4929.

For the latest information on weather alerts in B.C., visit Weather.gc.ca.