Environment Canada has issued special weather statement in effect formuch of the East Kootenay including Invermere and Cranbrook.
The statement issued Sunday said winter driving conditions are upon us.
“The first Arctic outbreak of the season will bring Arctic air, blowing snow and difficult winter driving conditions to the Southern Interior of British Columbia beginning Monday,” the statement read.
“An intensifying upper trough of low pressure over the Pacific will develop into a deep upper low near the Washington coastline by Tuesday morning. As the Pacific system approaches, snow will spread over the Southern Interior Monday.”
At the same time, an Arctic high pressure system in Northern British Columbia will intensify and push Arctic air southward. By early Tuesday morning, the leading edge of the Arctic air — the Arctic front — will be traversing the Southern Interior. As the coldest air of the season thus far arrives, temperatures will fall, windchills will worsen and poor visibility in snow will be further reduced in areas of blowing snow.
Snowfalls of five to 15 centimetres are possible by late Monday. The Columbia regions will receive the most snow and further accumulations are expected everywhere on Tuesday. Snowfall warnings may be issued.
Environment Canada forecasts the storm will end by Tuesday evening and the Southern Interior will settle into an extended period — four to six days — of chilly but otherwise weather-less winter days.
Residents can monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weather.gc.ca.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.
Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weather.gc.ca.