Avalanche control to close Trans-Canada Highway today

Image Credit: tranbc.ca

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you planned on heading east today prepare for some delays along several routes as crews perform avalanche control today.

Drive B.C. warns motorists Highway 1 through Glacier National Park will be closed from noon to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 8, during avalanche control work. Delays of up to two hours are expected.

Large parts of the park are already closed in backcountry areas for explosive avalanche control and winter permits are required in winter restricted areas and Highway 23 near Mica Dam has been closed due to high avalanche hazard.

Avalanche control will also be taking place on Highway 3 for 30 kilometres west of Creston from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today while Highway 31 will be closed for avalanche control from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today for 10 km north of Beaton Armstrong.

Glacier National Park, along with all other western B.C. ranges, is currently under a high avalanche risk rating. Avalanche Canada is forecasting the high rating to stick around at some elevations through at least Thursday.

Avalanche forecasters note a widespread natural avalanche cycle is expected in the North and South Columbia ranges today. 

In town, warm weather will persist this week, with highs of 6 Celsius to 9 C expected throughout the region today and tomorrow. At least a chance of rain is expected today as well, with rain also expected in the South Okanagan Wednesday.

Avalanche Canada is calling for a high risk of avalanche throughout much of B.C. right now.
Avalanche Canada is calling for a high risk of avalanche throughout much of B.C. right now.
Image Credit: Avalanche Canada

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