Freezing rain, ice pellets expected for Boundary, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake — Environment Canada
Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake regions beginning late Saturday night, and into Sunday morning.
Environment Canada said local freezing rain and ice pellets are expected, which will impact Highway 3 — Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and Coquihalla Highway — Hope to Kamloops.
Other regions of the province impacted by the storm include, North and Central Okanagan — including Vernon and Kelowna, Shuswap, Nicola, Similkameen,
“A frontal system will move across the BC interior tonight and Sunday,” Environment Canada said.
“Warm air aloft with lingering cold air in valleys will create localized patches of ice pellets and freezing rain across the region during the night.”
Environment Canada said as the warm air aloft retreats in the early hours of Sunday morning, precipitation will change to light snow, which will end or taper to showers later on Sunday.
Environment Canada said rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.
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