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Snowfall warning for Boundary/West Kootenay higher elevations

As much as 20 to 30 cm of snow expected for Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning Saturday for higher elevation highways in the Boundary/West Kootenay regions.

Environment Canada said an unseasonably cool spring storm will bring a long period of snowfall over the highway passes this weekend with 20 to 30 cm of snow expected for Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass.

“The Coquihalla Hope to Merritt segment may see 30 to 40 cm,” Environment Canada said.

“Snow at times heavy will begin (Saturday) night. As a cold front sweeps across the province on Sunday, an unsettled airmass will result in brief but intense bursts of flurries over the highways with sudden reduction in visibility due to heavy snow.”

Environment Canada said said drivers should be aware of sudden changes in road conditions and visibility, particularly near the highway summits.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” Environment Canada said.

‘Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.”

Environment Canada reminds drivers to Shift Into Winter, even though it's spring on the calendar, and know before you go.

Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.