Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Snowfall will taper off through morning

Kootenay and Paulson passes are open

Snowfall will continue throughout the morning in some areas of the West Kootenay, according to Drive BC.

The Kootenay and Paulson passes remain open with a chain-up order for commercial vehicles in effect on the Kootenay Pass.

Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 centimetres, continues with snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 centimetres likely before snow tapers off later this morning.

At least two City of Nelson snowplows were clearing Stanley Street Monday morning. It isn’t known if the city is providing regular snow removal service because city hall was closed due to the holiday.

Sgt. Corey Hoy of the Nelson Police Department said there were no significant traffic incidents to report due to the snowfall.

“We haven’t anything to report. People have been pretty good,” said Hoy.

Environment Canada predicts a 60 per cent chance of show or rain for Nelson on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As planned and announced last week by the city, transit is not running today.

Case Grypma of Georama Growers doesn’t think the snow this week will affect the gardening season.

“It won’t affect planting dates. The ground is not frozen so it will just absorb all this moisture, so it is probably a good thing, because the snow will slowly melt and seep into the ground.”

He said it may hurt retail sales this week and increase heating bills, but otherwise, “it will balance out to a normal Kootenay spring.”

Dave Belling of Granite Pointe Golf Course says he had already pushed back his original opening date of April 12 “because were still getting below zero temperatures at night, so were not getting the melt we had anticipated.”

He expects the driving range to open the week of the 16th and the golf course on the 23rd.

“I still think that is still possible. But it is so unpredictable up here in Rosemont.”


Photo: Bob Hall

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