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Winter storm warning issued for Hwy 3 with up to 50 cm of snow expected

Some serious winter weather is on the way for parts of southern British Columbia and it’s going to wreak havoc on the region’s mountain passes.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Hwy 3 in the areas of Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass.

Snow will begin to fall on Monday night and intensify on Tuesday, with 40-50 centimetres of the white stuff expected to fall by Tuesday night.

<who>Photo Credit: DriveBC</who>The Kootenay Pass on Monday at 11 am.

“A series of vigorous Pacific frontal systems will begin to affect southeastern BC Monday evening bringing significant amounts of snow to Hwy 3,” says the weather warning.

“The snow is forecast to continue Tuesday night into late Wednesday afternoon with additional snowfall accumulation expected.”

The alert adds that warm air moving into the region may lead to the snow becoming mixed with rain on Tuesday night.

Drivers are reminded that this type of weather can make the roads very slick, while also reducing visibility in some areas, creating hazardous driving conditions.

You can get the most up to date information on highway conditions and any potential closures by visiting the DriveBC website.

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