February 14, 2014 - 7:41 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — A total of 50-68 cm of snow fell on the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 1 over the past couple days and even more is expected today, resulting in travel advisories, avalanche control and lane closures this week.
The Coquihalla south of Merritt has seen up to 50 cm of snow in the past few days, creating compact snow and slippery spots on many sections of the roadway. Another 20-30 cm is expected today. Drive B.C. is planning helicopter avalance control between Merritt and Hope by Saturday but warns there could be sudden closures.
Highway 1 from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass saw nearly 70 cm of snow in the past three days and has faced several closures due to avalanche risk and control. Another 15-20 cm of snow is also expected in this region and with rain expected over the remainder of the week could lead to slippery driving conditions.
The Okanagan Connector has not had much snow this week but will see 5-10 cm of snow today, which will add to the compact snow and slippery sections already being reported on the highway.
A mix of wet flurries or rain is expected throughout the region Friday morning. Highs of 7-9 Celsius are expected in town as the mercury continues the upward swing into above normal temperatures.
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-This story was updated at 4:16 p.m., Feb. 13, 2014, to add details about a second system.
-This story was updated at 7:18 a.m., Feb. 14, 2014 to add current details.
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