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High risk of avalanche on Highway 1

Two hour delays can be expected west of Revelstoke during avalanche control today.
Image Credit: Drive B.C. webcam
January 13, 2014 - 8:38 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — Those travelling east on Highway 1 may be better off making other plans today.

Part of the highway is closed because of high avalanche risk, delays are expected in another section for avalanche control and a good portion is under a special weather statement as rain and snow lead to a travel advisory on the highway.

The portion of highway between Revelstoke and Golden is closed due to avalanche hazard with no detour available. The estimated opening time is between 5-7 p.m. From just west of Revelstoke to Craigellachie the highway is closed for avalanche control until about 1 p.m. Delays up to two hours are expected.

Drive B.C. lifted a travel advisory from Sicamous to Craigellachie this morning and the travel advisory from Craigellachie to the west boundary of Glacier National Park was lifted shortly after noon. The problem is rain on compact snow creating very slippery conditions. Ploughing, sanding and salting operations continue.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Eagles Pass to Rogers Pass warning another 10-20 centimetres of snow is expected by late this morning. Up to 20cm of snow has fallen since yesterday afternoon. Gusty winds are also expected near Rogers Pass, which could create blowing snow and lower visibility at times.

Portions of Highway 1 near Revelstoke have been closed several times in the past week as crews perform avalanche control.

To contact a reporter for this story, email, call 250-819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

- This story was updated at 9:36 a.m., Jan. 13, 2014 when Drive B.C. lifted part of the travel advisory.

- This story was updated at 12:31 p.m., Jan. 13, 2014 to extend closure, add lifted advisory.

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