Caution urged on area highways as freezing rain warning continues

By Doug Collins
January 5, 2018 - 5:25am Updated: January 5, 2018 - 4:24pm

KAMLOOPS — UPDATE: Due to freezing rain, there are now travel advisories in effect for the Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops and on the Yellowhead from Kamloops to Clearwater and from McMurphy to 60 kilometres north of Blue River.

UPDATE- 8:00 AM ....While the warmer weather is great for those of us who don't like the cold, it brings some consequences as well.

One is a risk of snow, and the other is a risk of freezing rain.

There's a freezing rain warning in effect this morning for the Fraser Canyon between Hope and Lytton. And there could be some freezing rain on the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, with rain closer to Hope. That's expected to give way to flurries as the day wears on, but the freezing rain forecast could return overnight. A freezing rain warning has been issued this morning for the Nicola area as well. That was issued just before 8:00 AM.

Area highways have compact snow, slippery sections and slushy sections this morning. Emergency crews have already been called out to several accidents this morning.  One of those accidents at the intersection of Vicars Road and the East Trans Canada Highway in Valleyview. Two vehicles involved,one vehicle wound up on the CP rail tracks. There were injuries, but it isn't known yet how serious.

Crews also attended to a 2 vehicle accident with injuries on Mount Paul Way near the golf course. One vehicle apparently rolled during the mishap. Again, no report on extent of injuries at this early stage.

Yet another accident was a single vehicle incident on the 6 Mile Hill near Savona. 

In Kamloops, we're looking at a chance of flurries this morning, then a risk of freezing rain. Highs to minus 1 today. 
Chance of flurries overnight. Temperatures steady near minus 1.

Chance of afternoon flurries tomorrow. Highs to minus 1. 

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