Road Report: Hwy. 1 reopens

7 p.m. update: DriveBC is reporting Highway 1 from Golden to Alberta is now open. The highway was closed for almost ten hours today because of avalance concerns.

Update -- 2 p.m.

It continues to be a case of good news, bad news when discussing the Trans-Canada Highway east to Calgary.

The road is now open from Golden to Field, BC, but is closed from Field to the BC-Alberta border, due to a high avalanche hazard.

The estimated time of opening is late tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Alternate Route are available via Highway 95 and Highway 93 through Golden, Radium and Castle Junction. Travelers should allow additional travel time to reach your destination. 

Original story -- 8:00 a.m.

A special weather statement has been issued for the Shuswap area of the Trans Canada Highway, from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

Environment Canada says motorists can expect between 10-20 centimetres of snow this morning, caused by a moist Pacific front. It’s estimated that up to 20cm of snow has already fallen since yesterday afternoon and the additional snowfall will bring blowing snow and lower visibility.

Complicating matters for anyone headed east on Highway 1 is rainfall accumulating on already compacted snow, which is leading to extremely icy conditions. DriveBC is not recommending traffic unless absolutely necessary between Sicamous and Craigellachie.

Further east, the road will be closed for two hours along a 17-kilometre stretch just west of Revelstoke for Avalanche control between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

And the entire road is closed from Revelstoke to Golden due to a high avalanche hazard. There is no detour available, and the highway is not expected to open until at least 2 p.m. this afternoon.

For open routes to Alberta click here.

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