The region’s highways contractor expects a sloppy mess on area roads for the next 36 to 48 hours.
Mainroad expects periodic flurries this weekend, particularly along the Highway 93/95 corridor. All areas are experiencing a warming trend and crews are applying de-icing chemical throughout the area. This will produce slushy conditions as existing snow and ice melts.
Drivers should be prepared by making sure windshield washer fluids are full and wipers in good condition.
Salt and de-icing materials can attract wildlife to road surfaces and warns of a large herd of elk reported moving through the Wycliffe area.
The contractor advises warming conditions along with rising humidity can present the risk of rapidly forming frost and black ice sections, particularly in shaded areas, bridge decks and near water. These conditions can change very quickly so don’t be caught unaware by what can appear to be bare pavement.
Temperatures are expected to stay between zero to -5C for the next several days.
– From Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting