Highways remain dangerous

Slightly warmer temperatures and no precipitation is expected for the next several days across the Okanagan Valley, but conditions remain less-than-ideal on many Southern Interior mountain highways. 

The southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway, just north of Hope, were closed for a short time from late Friday night to early Saturday morning due to a semi-truck incident. 

DriveBC reported early Saturday morning that compact snow and slippery sections are prevalent on the highway from Hope to Merritt as well as from Merritt to Kamloops.

Similar road conditions exist on the Okanagan Connector between Merritt and West Kelowna, on the Crowsnest Highway from Hope to the Sunday Summit towards Princeton, and along sections of Highway 1 in the Shuswap.

The B.C. Visitor Centre in Merritt, at the end of the Connector, is also now closed for good, following news in October that the facility would be closing this month.

DriveBC said visitor information is available at the Baillie House in Merritt, four kilometres west of the former visitor centre, and rest area information can be found here.

A new visitor stop is being constructed as a replacement at the Loon Lake Interchange on the Connector.

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