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Highway 1 closed for avalanche control Friday

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February 05, 2015 - 8:58 PM

AVALANCHE RISK AGAIN HIGH

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you are heading east for the long weekend you might want to adjust your travel times. In addition to a winter driving advisory from the Shuswap to the Alberta border, delays of up to three hours are expected on Highway 1 through Glacier National Park on Friday.

Drive B.C. is warning of winter driving conditions as a result of warming temperatures, significant rainfall and periods of heavy wet snow at upper elevations. Avalanche control will be taking place in Glacier National Park from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with delays of up to three hours expected. Control measures will also be taking place just west of Glacier National Park from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.

Avalanche Canada has increased the risk rating for all elevations of the Kootenay Boundary, North Columbia and South Columbia ranges to high, though the lower elevations are expected to be reduced to a considerable risk later Friday morning. The treeline and alpine levels of the Purcells, Little Yoho and Banff Yoho ranges are also considered a high risk while Glacier National Park is forecast to be a high risk at all elevations for Friday as well.

More than 19 centimetres of snow has already fallen at Albert Canyon in the past 24 hours and another 10 to 20 cm is expected over mountain passes tonight. According to Environment Canada snow will change to rain in the morning with 5 cm of snow and 10 to 20 millimetres of rain expected to fall Friday.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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