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Special Alert for Boundary, West Kootenay — City of Nelson issues warning

The public should expect icy road and sidewalk conditions could continue throughout the weekend and into next week, with daytime melting followed by freezing overnight. — The Nelson Daily photo

After Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Advisory for the Boundary, West Kootenay, the City of Nelson would like to send out an alert to all residents:

"There is a potential for icy and hazardous road and sidewalk conditions early tomorrow morning. A high pressure system moving into the interior could bring rain this evening followed by a rapid drop in overnight temperatures.

"Icy road and sidewalk conditions could continue throughout the weekend and into next week, with daytime melting followed by freezing overnight. 

"City of Nelson crews will be out in force, but please avoid unnecessary travel, or exercise extra caution if you must travel."

Environment Canada said an arctic front over the East Kootenay is advancing from the northeast and will result in some brief heavy flurries along with the sudden onset of dropping temperatures and gusty winds.

"These conditions over the East Kootenay will spread over the northern sections of the Arrow Slocan and Kootenay Lake regions in the next few hours and reach the other areas this evening," the website said.

"WInd gusts in some areas will briefly reach as high as 70 km/h and this combined with temperatures below the freezing mark will result in local icy conditions along with some blowing snow. Winds will diminish as the arctic air deepens."

Environment Canada also isssued an advisory for drivers on Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass as weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Check out DriveBC for more information.