Snow at high elevations

Just when you thought it was safe to take your snow tires off, Environment Canada is calling for snow in some of the mountain passes.  

Environment Canada has issued alerts for Highway 3 at the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and the Trans-Canada Highway - Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

A late season snowfall is expected to bring 5 to 10 cm of the white stuff to the higher elevations.

A transition to a showery pattern will begin across central and eastern B.C. late on Friday as a trough of low pressure crosses the province. Freezing levels will drop in the wake of the system on Saturday causing rain showers to switch over to snow, particularly over the high mountain passes.

5 cm of snow is anticipated over Pine Pass tonight, where the transition from rain to snow will occur the earliest. Yoho Park - Kootenay Park region and higher elevations of the Trans-Canada highway including Rogers Pass are also expecting 5 to 10 cm of snow. Kootenay Pass and the Elk Valley are also expected to receive 5 cm of snow later Saturday.

Motorists are encouraged to prepare for winter driving conditions and consult Castanet traffic cameras and DriveBC for road conditions before travelling.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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