Rock slide clearing

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.

DriveBC says the Coquihalla northbound has reopened. Maintenance is working to clear the rockfall 3.5km S of Merritt. You are advised to check DriveBC before you head out; winter conditions are still present at the Summit, chain up for commercial vehicles in effect, expect delays.

UPDATE: 8:50a.m.

Getting more reports of multiple incidents at the snowshed area on the Coquihalla this morning. Janis Lea Brown tells Castanet her sisters were on a bus she believes was involved in a collision.

Conditions are very poor and several near misses have been reported.

You are advised to check DriveBC throughout the day before traveling.

ORIGINAL: 6:50 a.m.

It's a messy start to the day on highways in and out of the Okanagan. 

The northbound lanes of Highway 5 near Merritt are closed due to a rock-slide.

To make matters worse, a heavy snowfall warning remains in effect for the Coquihalla Highway this morning, with another 5 cm expected to fall — the Coquihalla and the connector received a dump of snow overnight.

An incident on Highway 1 near Lytton closed down both lanes, but as of 6:30 a.m. a single alternating lane is now open.

And, avalanche control will cause 2 to 3-hour delays, all day today, through the Roger's Pass from 7 a.m. to 3:00 this afternoon.

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