It’s going to be a white Christmas for our region.
Environment Canada is providing a detailed forecast for the East Kootenay ahead of some significant snowfall this week.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Elk Valley with more than 25 cm of snow expected in some areas.
Meteorologist Lisa West explains a low pressure system coming right across at the BC- US border is the ideal set up for places like Fernie and along Highway 3 south to Elko.
Significant, but lesser amounts are expected for Sparwood.
Environment Canada says this winter storm watch may be upgraded to a warning once greater certainty is achieved regarding snowfall amounts and specific locations impacted.
There’s also a Special Weather Statement in effect for the Cranbrook and surrounding area north to Invermere with accumulations expected between 10-15 cm
West predicts snow will start again anytime after midnight Monday and heavier snow continuing throughout Tuesday before tapering off into Wednesday.
She points out residents should stay tuned for developing updates to the weather over the next 24 hours.
The Kootenay Pass is the most likely place to see upwards of 25 cm according to West.
The Meteorologist says highway passes across the Southern Interior will see significant snowfall.
West says this will make conditions tricky for anyone travelling over the passes this week.
She advises motorists to be prepared for poor visibility and to give themselves extra time to get to their destination.
After periods of snow wane, West suggests the East Kootenay will get a bit of a break however another round of flurries could arrive later Thursday.
She adds temperatures will drop from highs of zero at the beginning of the week to highs near -9C by Friday and going into the weekend.
As the arctic air settles into our region, West says that’ll make a chance of flurries more possible leading up to Christmas Day.
– Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa West