Coquihalla open, slippery

UPDATE: 5:40 a.m.

As of about 3:15 a.m. Friday, DriveBC is reporting the Coquihalla Highway open, but still under a travel advisory.

Heavy snowfall should be expected between Hope and Merritt.

Compact snow with slippery sections is reported from Kingsvale (Coldwater Road) to Merritt and Logan Lake to the junction with Highway 8.

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.

The southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway have been closed Thursday night, just east of the highway's junction with Highway 3.

The closure, near Hope, is due to a vehicle crash. DriveBC is warning drivers of "heavy delays" and says crews are en route.

Heavy snow has been falling on the highway throughout the day, causing significant delays.

UPDATE: 5:05 p.m.

According to highway cams, it appears the standstill on the Coquihalla Highway in the northbound lanes has cleared. 

While traffic is once again moving, heavy snow continues to fall on the highway, blanketing the road. 

A travel advisory remains in effect as heavy snowfall is expected through the night. 

UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.

It's slow going on the Coquihalla Highway this afternoon. 

One woman told Castanet they've been at a standstill in the northbound lanes just before the Great Bear Snowshed for about an hour. 

"We're stuck, there's a truck in the middle of the road," she said. 

The province issued a travel advisory for the notorious highway earlier Thursday morning. 

UPDATE: 10:10 a.m.

A travel advisory has been issued for the entire Coquihalla Highway.

Heavy snowfall from Merritt to Kamloops, and Hope to Merritt is expected today through Friday, producing limited visibility due to heavy snow, DriveBC reports.

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

ORIGINAL: 9:30 a.m.

A special weather statement has been issued for the Okanagan. 

An additional 10 cm of snow is possible Thursday night with more snow continuing Friday.

“Moist Pacific air spreading over a dome of cold arctic air in the BC Interior will result in 10 to 15 cm of snow today,” stated Environment Canada.
The statement also includes the Okanagan Connector — from Merritt to Kelowna. 

Additionally, there is a risk of freezing rain this afternoon near Hope. 

“Travellers are advised that roads may become hazardous due to icy conditions and to exercise due caution,” stated Environment Canada.

Snowfall warning has been in effect since Wednesday for Kelowna and Vernon and another 10 to 15 centimetres is expected on Friday.

Penticton will see up to 10 centimetres as arctic air is in place over the Interior and will combine with moisture advancing from the Pacific to give more snow.

“More snow is likely late Friday as another Pacific system approaches,” stated Environment Canada.

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