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UPDATED: Snow expected on Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said snow levels will hover near 1200 to 1500 meters this evening, then fall to 800 to 1000 meters overnight.

Environment Canada has updated a previous Special Weather Statement for the Boundary/West Kootenay region.

Environment Canada said Tuesday that a low pressure centre will give snow, at times heavy, to Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass beginning this evening before ending Wednesday morning.

"Snow will begin this evening, becoming heaviest at midnight, then ease Wednesday morning as the low exits the province," the Environment Canada statement said.

Environment Canada said snow levels will hover near 1200 to 1500 meters this evening, then fall to 800 to 1000 meters overnight.

Environment Canada weather on the mountain passes can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Travellers are advised that B.C. law requires drivers to obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31.

For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the requirement extends until April 30.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.

Special Weather Statement for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Following summer weather of sunshine that just would not leave the province, the first taste of winter appears to be on the horizon for parts of BC.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the Boundary/West Kootenay region as a weather pattern moves through the region beginning Saturday and through to Sunday.

“The upper trough pattern will continue to give snow to elevated passes today and tonight,” the Environment Canada statement said.

“Snow will taper off by Sunday morning as a ridge of high pressure moved to British Columbia.”

Environment Canada said the next system will arrive Sunday night to Monday morning.

Environment Canada said travellers on Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, should be prepared to see the first snow of the winter driving season.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” Environment Canada said.

“If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”

Environment Canada weather on the mountain passes can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Travellers are advised that B.C. law requires drivers to obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31.

For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the requirement extends until April 30.

Shift into Winter recommends using four matching tires displaying the three-peaked mountain/snowflake symbol with at least 3.5 mm of tread.

These tires offer the best traction for faster stopping time and shorter stopping distance in cold temperatures, snow, rain, and on ice.

 Tires with the M+S (Mud and Snow) symbol also meet B.C.’s requirement.

Road conditions are available at DriveBC.