Mainroad East Kootenay Issues Weather Event Advisory

(Credit: Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting)

Mainroad East Kootenay is alerting motorists to another winter weather event on Monday and Tuesday, that is reported to bring "significant snowfall" accumulations.

According to the Mainroad's Meteorological Service, the moderate snow is expected to develop Monday evening with the heaviest snowfall expected in southern portions of the Service Area such as Cranbrook, Moyie, Jaffray, Elko, Baynes Lake, and Fernie.

"At this time, we expect the snow to taper off to flurries late on Tuesday," said Mainroad East Kootenay. "All motorists are encouraged to prepare for winter conditions, allow more travel time and drive with extra caution."

Although Mainroad said "significant snowfall" is expected, there is no direct estimate on how many centimetres of snow the region may receive. Environment Canada's forecast for Cranbrook and the Elk Valley calls for 2 to 4 centimetres Monday evening and Tuesday morning, while Invermere is projected to get just 2 centimetres on Tuesday, although snow remains in each area's forecast until at least Thursday.

During the snowfall and after the weather event, Mainroad said they will be applying winter abrasive and anti-icing chemicals, while also conducting snow removal.

"This will continue on all highways until the event passes and roadways are returned to the acceptable standard and back to normal," added Mainroad.

Motorists wanting to report any issues on highways in the East Kootenay can contact Mainroad's 24-hour communications and dispatch office at 1-800-665-4929.

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