When they say the weather is "frightful", they mean it

By Doug Collins
December 30, 2017 - 6:42am Updated: December 30, 2017 - 11:16am

KAMLOOPS - UPDATE- At 11:00 AM Drive BC says both the Trans Canada between Hope and Lytton and Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton are OPEN again. Travel advisories are still in effect on all phases of the Coquihalla Highway.


EARLIER When the song says 'the weather outside is frightful", they ain't just whistlin' Dixie.

While the snowfall warning has ended for Kamloops, the gusty winds continue to provide problems for snow clearing crews, busy dealing with drifts of snow caused by gusts up to 60 kilometers an hour overnight.

On the highways, it's much worse. In the Fraser Valley, travel lanes have been restricted to one land in each direction with heavy snowfall between Chilliwack and Hope. Drifting snow is causing heavy delays on that section of the Trans Canada.

The Trans Canada is closed between Hope and Lytton because of a high avalanche hazard.

The Hope-Princeton is closed between Hope and Princeton because of an avalanche. No estimated time of reopening.

A travel advisory is still in effect on all sections of the Coquihalla Highway. Heavy snowfall and wind are producing very limited visibility. Travel is not recommended, but the road is open as of 6:30 AM.

The snow is expected to end this morning, but it will still take some time to get traffic fully up and runnning.


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