The first snowfall dusted the summit of Elephant Mountain Monday morning, and according to Environment Canada it’s just the first sign of an unusually cold incoming winter season.
“A strong northerly flow of colder Arctic air will spread across all regions over the next couple of days as a ridge builds over the interior,” reads the Sunday statement.
“Cold air will begin to deepen over the Central Interior throughout the day today and across the south on Monday.”
The statement said the breeze will cause temperatures to drop across the province.
“The colder conditions are expected to persist for most of the new week.”
Environment Canada anticipates temperatures in the West Kootenay to dip to minus minus-3 C in time for Remembrance Day ceremonies on Tuesday. They warned drivers to expect heavy snow in the higher elevations and mountain passes.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts, as warnings may be required.