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South Kootenay rainfall warning continues

Roads are slick as rain continues to pelt high passes to valley
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Commuters are cautioned as rain, at times heavy, continues on Highway 3 from the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

A stalled frontal system is causing heavy precipitation; 75 to 100 millimeters of rainfall is expected before temperatures dip this weekend.

As the cold front moves east, rain will gradually transition to snow, especially at higher elevations.

A few centimetres of snowfall accumulation is likely.

Locals are warned that heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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Chilly nights and snow-covered slopes may not be easy to come by in much of Canada during the first part of winter, according to The Weather Network.

Canada’s go-to forecaster predicts El Niño conditions will lead to above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal precipitation in much of the country, particularly in Western and Central Canada.

B.C. is expected to have a milder and drier than normal winter: a few more periods of excessive rainfall are expected.

El Niño affects the global jet stream pattern as it’s associated with warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures in the tropical region of the Pacific Ocean to the west of South America.

- file from Canadian Press

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