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Plow crews working to catch up after snowstorm

Mainroad East Kootenay’s snow plow crews are out clearing local roadways after the region was hit by a heavy winter storm.

Officials with the company said the Cranbrook and Kimberley area bore the brunt of the storm, as the area was buried by about 30 centimetres of snow on Friday.

According to Mainroad, more heavy snow started falling over Kimberley, Moyie and a few other areas as their night shift crews were clearing local highways.

This second snow dump brought roughly 15 more centimetres of snow overnight to the region.

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Mainroad said local highways are covered in compact snow, but they have been plowed and sanded for a bit of extra traction.

Company officials added that its crews will be active over the coming days to remove compact from local highways and plow and apply abrasives to side roads.

Temperatures in the East Kootenay are expected to stay below the seasonal normals for the coming days, with Environment Canada expecting temperatures to rise by the weekend.

Drivers are asked to travel safely and adjust habits to road conditions.

“Motorists should expect varied road conditions until well after the weather event ends,” said Mainroad officials. “Please prepare for delays, adjust your speed and following distance to the conditions, and of course, leave plenty of room around working equipment.”

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