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Travel advisories end


UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.

Travel advisories are no longer in effect for the Coquihalla Highway and Okanagan Connector, according to DriveBC.

The advisories had been in place since Friday afternoon.

DriveBC is continuing to urge motorists to be cautious on mountain highways and to drive to the conditions.


UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.

Highway 5A between Princeton and Aspen Grove and Coalmont Road between Princeton and Coalmont have reopened, DriveBC reports.

Both roadways had been closed due to a high risk of an avalanche.


UPDATE: 9:50 a.m.

After earlier closures due to avalanche danger, Highway 1 and Highway 3, north and east of Hope respectively, have been reopened. 

As heavy snow fell across the south of the province, Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton was closed at about 11 p.m. Friday night, while Highway 1 between Hope and Lytton was later closed just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning. 

Compact snow and slippery conditions remain on both highways. 

Meanwhile, Highway 5A between Princeton and Aspen Grove remains closed due to high avalanche danger. 

A travel advisory remains for the Coquihalla Highway, where DriveBC warns of limited visibility due to heavy snowfall and wind.


ORIGINAL: 7:40 a.m.

Highway conditions continue to be treacherous across the Southern Interior.

A travel advisory is still in effect for the Coquihalla and Okanagan Connector highways, and DriveBC reports travel is not recommended due to heavy snowfall and limited visibility.

Compact snow and slippery sections are reported on Highway 97 throughout the Okanagan.

DriveBC reports similar conditions on Highway 33, east of Kelowna, as well as on Westside Road.

Meanwhile, Highway 5A is closed in both directions from Aspen Grove to Princeton due to high avalanche hazard. An assessment is in progress, and an update is expected later this morning.

Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton is also closed to due a high avalanche hazard, while Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass reopened at 6:55 a.m. after a similar closure overnight.

Elsewhere on that route, compact snow and slippery sections are reported from Kaleden to Hedley, and Osoyoos to Rock Creek.

Highway 1, between Hope and Lytton, has also been closed due to a high avalanche hazard. 

East of Vernon, similar conditions are reported on Highway 6, with blowing snow from Lumby to Cherryville.

On the Trans-Canada Highway, limited visibility is reported west of Sicamous to Craigellachie, with compact snow through Revelstoke to the Alberta border and areas of blowing snow.



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