Santa Claus made a quick visit to the Cominco Arena on Wednesday night for Trail Parks and Recreation’s Skate with Santa event. The jolly soul did a few laps around the rink

Santa Claus made a quick visit to the Cominco Arena on Wednesday night for Trail Parks and Recreation’s Skate with Santa event. The jolly soul did a few laps around the rink

Santa’s ready

With snow expected for Friday and Saturday, the West Kootenay will be in for a white Christmas.

With snow expected for Friday and Saturday, the West Kootenay will be in for a white Christmas.

Environment Canada is forecasting snow on Friday and a 60 per cent chance of flurries on Saturday in Trail.

The Christmas Day forecast shows a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -1C.

In Rossland, the forecast is calling for as much as 15 centimetres of snow on Friday and tapering off on Saturday. Sunny skies are predicted for Christmas Day with a chilly high of -8C.

Those on the road are reminded to slow down and arrive at your destination safely.

Drivebc.ca is cautioning drivers of compact snow and slippery sections on the Salmo-Creston Pass as well as on the Blueberry-Paulson Pass, the Nancy Greene Junction and from Rossland to the U.S. border crossing.

Those eager for Santa’s arrival can track his progress around the world at www.noradsanta.org.

The website, which attracts over 20 million visitors on Christmas Eve, also features games, music, videos and plenty of activity at Santa’s North Pole Village.

The Santa tracking starts at Dec. 24 with video of all the preparations for Santa’s round-the-world journey.

This marks the 61st year NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defence command) has tracked Santa’s Christmas trek with over 1,000 volunteers ready to answer calls and emails on Christmas Eve.