Snow storm hits East Kootenay

Fernie expected to get the most accumulation at roughly 20-25 centimetres by the end of the day

The East Kootenay woke up to significant snowfall on Tuesday morning, with Fernie expected to get the most regional accumulation at 20-25 centimetres by the end of the day.

Environment Canada issued an overnight winter storm warning for the Elk Valley and advised that hazardous winter conditions were expected.

The advisory expects the snow storm to taper off into flurries later in the day.

Schools in Cranbrook, Kimberley, the Elk Valley, and Creston remain open, as well as the Cranbrook campus of the College of the Rockies.

A statement from the regional highway maintenance contractor encourages drivers to be prepared for winter conditions, allow for more travel time and to exercise caution on the roads.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting says it will be applying anti-icing chemicals, winter abrasive, and removing snow from the roads during and after the storm.

If anyone has any observations or concerns about the state of the roads, contact the company’s 24-hour communications and dispatch office at 1-800-665-4929.



trevor.crawley@cranbrooktownsman.com

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