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'Severe delays'

UPDATE: 11:13 p.m.

Highway 3 is closed between Hope and Princeton due to high avalanche hazard. There is no estimated time of opening. 


UPDATE: 10 p.m.

Highway 5A is closed in both directions from Aspen Grove to Princeton due to a high avalanche hazard. A DriveBC assessment is in progress. The next update is expected at 9 a.m..


UPDATE: 7:26 p.m.

A video posted by Twitter user @ShannonMcKenney shows treacherous conditions on Highway 1 just outside Hope, B.C.

@ShannonMcKenney Tweeted: Just finished a white knuckle drive from #Osoyoos on the #3.


UPDATE: 6:57 p.m.

Travel advisory in effect for Highway 5 and Highway 97C.

Heavy snowfall and wind are producing limited visibility on highways 5, from Hope to Merritt and Merritt to Kamloops, as well as 97C from Merritt to Kelowna. 

Travellers are advised to exercise caution, be prepared for potential delays, and consider alternate travel plans.


UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 1, west of Hope, is experiencing "severe delays", because of “multiple vehicle incidents due to winter conditions," according to DriveBC.

The crashes have come after the province issued a travel advisory for the region's mountain passes earlier Friday.

Ten centimetres have fallen on the Coquihalla Highway in the last six hours, with another 20 cm forecast to fall overnight.

Visibility on the highway has been reported to be less than 100 metres, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure suggests changing travel plans, rather than taking the Coquihalla.


ORIGINAL: 11:15 a.m.

Travel advisories remain in place for both the Coquihalla and Okanagan Connector highways.

Heavy snowfall, producing limited visibility at times, is expected between Hope and Merritt, and from Merritt to Kelowna, through Saturday.

Travellers are advised to exercise caution, be prepared for potential delays, and consider alternate routes. 

Slippery conditions with compact snow and slushy sections are reported on Highway 97 throughout the Okanagan, from Falkland to Osoyoos.

DriveBC reports similar conditions on Highway 33 east of Kelowna.

On the Trans-Canada Highway, compact snow and slippery sections are reported from Sicamous to Craigellachie, and through Glacier National Park. Similar conditions are reported from Kamloops to the Highway 97 junction, and from Hope to Jackass Mountain. 

Highway 3 is also reporting slippery conditions from Anarchist Summit to Rock Creek.

That route will be closed for avalanche control through the Kootenay Pass Saturday morning, from 5 to 7 a.m.



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