Coquihalla reopens

UPDATE 5:18 a.m.

The Coquihalla Highway has now reopened after being shut down for most of the night and morning.

Environment Canada's weather alert remains in place, however.

They are calling for flurries at times heavy this morning.

Approximately 35 cm of snow has fallen near the Coquihalla summit since last Monday night. Additional snowfall amounts of 5-10 cm are forecast by this afternoon.

Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

You are advised to avoid unnecessary travel and to check DriveBC and Castanet for the latest conditions.

UPDATE 10:18 p.m.

Witnesses tell Castanet one lane is open on the Coquihalla.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m.

DriveBC is reporting vehicle fire has closed down the Trans Canada Highway between Waverly Trail and Corbin Main, six km east of East Boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park.

An assessment is in progress and the estimated time of re-opening is 11p.m

UPDATE 9:28 p.m.

Witnesses are telling Castanet at least five ambulances have left the accident scene.

UPDATE 8:40 p.m.

There are unconfirmed reports an air ambulance has been called to the scene and that several ground ambulances are also on scene.

DriveBC is reporting Highway 5 northbound from Hope to Merritt is closed due to a multi-vehicle incident.

An assessment is in progress and motorists are being advised to use an alternate route.

Motorists are also being advised of severe winter driving conditions on Highway 5.

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