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Highways 1, 5 reopen

UPDATE: 9:10 p.m.

Eastbound traffic on the Okanagan Connector is now open, after a crash closed down the highway for several hours. 

A single eastbound lane remains closed, as crews work to clean up the crash. 

The condition of those involved in the crash is unknown at this time, but five vehicles are believed to have been involved. 


UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

The Okanagan Connector has reopened from the Pennask Summit to Trepanier Creek Bridge, but a travel advisory remains in effect due to black ice on the mountain highway. 

The eastbound lanes remain closed at Sunset Main Road due to a crash involving several vehicles earlier Thursday evening. 


UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

Almost a full 24 hours after it was closed due to multiple avalanches, Highway 1 has reopened between Revelstoke and Golden. 

For those looking to make it all the way to Alberta, Golden is as far as you'll get. The highway remains closed in both directions from Golden to the B.C. - Alberta border due to high avalanche risk. 

Additionally, the southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway have reopened, after they were closed for almost two hours due to spun-out semi-trucks. 

The Okanagan Connector remains closed due to icy conditions. 


UPDATE: 7 p.m.

Shortly after the westbound lanes of the Okanagan Connector were reopened following a crash, the mountain highway has been closed in both directions due to "winter driving conditions" and icy roads. 

The highway is closed between Pennask Summit and  Trepanier Creek Bridge.

DriveBC has no estimated time of reopening at this time. 


UPDATE: 6:40 p.m.

The westbound lanes of the Okanagan Connector have reopened, following a multi-vehicle crash on the mountain highway. Eastbound lanes remain closed at the Pennask Summit. 

The southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway, at Merritt, are closed due to spun-out semi-truck near Larson Hill. 

Further east, Highway 1 remains fully closed from Revelstoke to the B.C. - Alberta border. The stretch between Revelstoke and Golden is expected to reopen by 7 p.m. tonight, while the section from Golden to the border won't be reopened until at least noon on Friday. 


UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

The Coquihalla Highway is now closed to southbound traffic at Merritt, due to several spun out semi-trucks at Larson Hill. 

Webcam footage shows snowy roads at higher elevations along the mountain pass. 

DriveBC has no estimated time of reopening for southbound travellers. 


UPDATE: 5 p.m.

The Okanagan Connector is closed in both directions at Sunset Main Forest Service Road because of a collision, DriveBC reports.

Five vehicles are believed to be involved. 

An assessment is in progress, and there is currently no estimated time of reopening.

Meanwhile, the Trans-Canada Highway continues  to be closed in both directions from Revelstoke to Golden due to avalanche deposit removal in Glacier National Park. It's scheduled to reopen at 7 p.m.

Elsewhere, Highway 23 is closed at Mica Dam, north of Revelstoke, also for avalanche debris cleanup. 


UPDATE: 3:40 p.m.

Highway 5 at Exit 355, Inks Lake has reopened to traffic. The southbound lanes were closed due to a vehicle crash.


UPDATE: 2:40 p.m.

The southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway, south of Kamloops, has now been closed due to a vehicles crash. 

The crash occurred near the Inks Lake interchange, about 20 kilometres southwest of Kamloops. 

DriveBC has no estimate of when the crash will be cleared. 


UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.

Travellers can now travel east to Revelstoke, after Highway 1 between Sicamous and Revelstoke was reopened. For those looking to travel further east, they're out of luck for the time being. 

Highway 1 remains closed in both directions between Golden and Revelstoke, as crews work to remove multiple avalanche deposits from the road. DriveBC expects the highway to reopen sometime between 5 and 7 p.m.

Further east, between Golden and the B.C.- Alberta border, Highway 1 is also closed due to a high avalanche hazard in the area. DriveBC expects the road to remain closed through the evening, with an estimated reopening by noon Friday.

North of Revelstoke, Highway 23 is closed from Mica Dam to three kilometres south of the dam due to avalanche danger.

Highway 31, southeast of Revelstoke, will be closed from 3 - 5 p.m for avalanche control as well.

In the south of the province, a travel advisory is in effect along Highway 3 for strong cross winds between Cranbrook and Elko.

Heavy snow is falling on Highway 3, between Fernie and the B.C. - Alberta border, and visibility is limited. 

“Black Ice and slippery conditions forming as temperatures drop,” DriveBC warns.


UPDATE: noon

A small section of Highway 1 is now reopened.

"Road reopened 2 km east of Golden to 17 km east of Golden," stated DriveBC at 11:45 a.m.


UPDATE: 8:35 a.m.

DriveBC has issued a travel advisory alert for highway 3  from Fernie to the Alberta border a stretch of approximately 50.4 km.

Visibility is limited with heavy snowfall from Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border.

Black ice and slippery conditions forming as temperatures drop.

Travellers are advised to exercise caution and consider alternate plans.


UPDATE: 8:16 a.m.

Highway 3 at the Kootenay Pass Summit has now reopened.


UPDATE: 6:45 a.m.

Highway 93 is now closed in both directions from Radium Hot Springs to the B.C. Alberta border because of winter driving conditions. It's not expected to open before 10:30 a.m.

There is also a travel advisory for highway 24 in both directions
due to freezing rain from Lone Butte to 13 kilometers east of Bridge Lake. Travellers are advised to exercise caution and consider alternate travel plans.


UPDATE: 6:25 a.m.

Highway 1 is closed in both directions from Revelstoke to Golden because of a high avalanche hazard.

It's not expected to open until noon.


ORIGINAL: 5:30 a.m.

Winter driving conditions in effect this morning for much of the interior. Environment Canada has issued winter warnings for much of the interior especially close to the Alberta border.

Highway 3 is closed in both directions from, 30 kilometres west of Creston (Kootenay Pass) for 27 kilometres, due to avalanche deposit removal.

Estimated time of opening is between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Alternate Route available from Nelson to Creston via Hwy 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, estimated travel time 2.5 hours.

You are advised to check DriveBC before heading out on the roads.



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