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Special Weather Statement Forecasts Snow

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the Elk Valley as snow is expected in higher elevations this weekend.

“A cold airmass is settling in over the B.C. Interior and persisting through the weekend,” said Environment Canada. “Lowering freezing levels and unsettled conditions will support the chance of snow over higher elevations.”

Freezing levels will hover just above the bottom of the Elk Valley on Friday and drop Friday evening. Environment Canada said snow is likely Friday evening with periods of snow persisting through Sunday.

“Accumulations remain uncertain at this time, but 5 to 10 cm by Saturday night is plausible,” said Environment Canada.

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Areas along the B.C. and Alberta border are expected to see snow as well.

Elsewhere in the B.C. Interior, significant snow could fall in Kootenay Pass as rain is likely to give way to periods of snow throughout the weekend, anticipating 5 to 15 centimetres. Lesser elevation passes such as Rogers Pass, the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector could see snow near the summits on Friday while lighter accumulations are also possible throughout the weekend.

Despite the cold and potentially snowy conditions, Environment Canada said seasonal fall temperatures and drier conditions are expected once again early next week.

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