A significant snowfall could be rolling into Golden sometime early Friday morning. Preliminary weather forecasts indicate that the Revelstoke and Golden areas could see up to 30 cm of fresh snow with a risk of freezing rain over the weekend. Best estimates for the forecast is that the weather system should hit Revelstoke just after midnight today and Golden sometime early morning Friday. The initial estimate is up to five to 10 cm by Friday morning with an additional 10 to 15 cm Friday and another five to 10 cm overnight and into Saturday.
Richard Umpherville, Road Superintendent for HMC Services predicts “Should the weather system develop as forecast, it will increase the avalanche hazard and may result in potential highway delays and/or closures both East and West of Golden for avalanche control.” Travelers should be aware this pending storm and check both the weather forecasts and DriveBC prior to heading out.
HMC is working hard to ensure that the roads are in the best possible shape in advance of the storm. Most of the roads have been pushed back, widened and sanded. Additional crew and equipment has already been mobilized in anticipation of the event.
Greg Ehman, Division Manager for HMC said, “This has been a challenging winter so far. The rain on compact snow events of November and December resulted in slippery conditions on all roads and the use of significant additional resources. With this coming storm and the expected rising temperatures, we are very much concerned about the risk of freezing rain or further rain on compact events.”
For current conditions, please check DriveBC.