Environment Canada issues Winter Storm warning for Revelstoke area: 30–50 cm forecast

30-50 cm forecast for the Revelstoke area over 24 hours starting Tuesday night.

In this file photo, a car is buried after a heavy Revelstoke snowfall. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm warning for the Revelstoke area, including their West Columbia and East Columbia zones.

In an alert issued just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, the national forecaster said a Pacific frontal system is spreading snow over the central and northern interior and the Columbia regions. The snow will intensify this evening and continue through Wednesday. Total snowfall amounts of 30 to 50 cm are expected by Wednesday evening. The snow will ease Wednesday night as the system moves southward and weakens.

Environment Canada is asking residents and visitors to the area to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

“Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Road closures are possible. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” Environment Canada said in a statement.

In a statement, DriveBC said highway closures for avalanche control are expected west of Revelstoke, Glacier National Park, and Kicking Horse Canyon.

Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.