Coquihalla Highway reopened, winter storm watch in effect

Coq open, snow continues

The Coquihalla Highway is open again.

DriveBC says vehicles incidents have been cleared and the highway is open northbound and southbound between Hope and Merritt.

However, a winter storm watch is in effect for the Coquihalla, the Trans-Canada Highway between Eagle Pass and Rogers Pass and Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Heavy snow, gusty winds and reduced visibilities are forecast to continue until Thursday.

The northbound lanes of the Coquihalla were closed late Monday afternoon after several commercial vehicles spun out just south of the Great Bear Snowshed. Later in the evening, southbound lanes were also shut due to commercial vehicles spinning out about six kilometres north of Hope.

There was significant snowfall on the route yesterday. This morning it remains snow-covered and slippery in many areas.

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