Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the West Kootenay region early Monday.
The weather alert is in effect for Highway 3 from the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.
A moist Pacific frontal system is set to swing over southern B.C. this evening bringing up to 30 centimetres (cm) of snowfall.
“Snow levels are low enough that Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass will see up to 15 cm of snowfall accumulation tonight with up to an additional 20 cm on Tuesday,” the release states.
The heavy snow will ease later Tuesday as the back end of the system swings through and heads into Alberta.
“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.”
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.
Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.
Continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.