More heavy snow coming

Highway 3 closed in both directions at Crowsnest Pass

  • Feb. 5, 2017 7:00 p.m.
The snow will continue through Monday in the East Kootenay

The snow will continue through Monday in the East Kootenay

Highway 3 remains closed in both directions from Sparwood to the B.C./Alberta border, because of heavy snowfall and limited visibility.

According to drivebc.ca, the estimated time of opening is between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm MST.

The East Kootenay received the extreme end of the expected snow accumulations Saturday night, reads a release from Mainroad East Kootenay, whose crews are working to clear the roadways on a priority basis, and who have also brought in additional resources to assist in this snow clearing.

Unfortunately, another blast of winter is expected tonight. A low pressure system approaching from the southwest will cross Washington state tonight. Heavy snow will spread into the Kootenays tonight and continue through Monday evening. Gusty winds will also accompany the system and producing localised blowing snow.

The East Kootenay can expect periods of heavy snow sometime after 7 pm with the heaviest accumulations expected after midnight into the early morning with possible accumulations of 20 – 30 cm for the Southern Half and 10 – 15 for the Northern Half of the East Kootenay.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.