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Heavy snow, avalanche risk, close Highway 1

Highway trucks stopped at Albert Canyon are layered in heavy snow.
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February 12, 2014 - 7:43 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — A system bringing heavy winds and snow is behind us but for the next day those travelling highways are asked to be vigilant as another 10-15 cms is expected on mountain passes.

On Highway 1 near Revelstoke nearly 25 cm of snow has fallen in the past 12 hours, causing high avalanche risk, and another 10-20 cm is expected by tomorrow morning. The highway is closed between Craigellachie and Revelstoke and avalanche control in Glacier National Park could result in 2-4 hour closures between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Coquihalla Highway has seen nearly 20 cm of snow in the past 24 hours with more expected by tomorrow. Several collisions near the summit and Great Bear Snowshed yesterday slowed traffic and kept crews busy.

Environment Canada says the strong and moist system moving into the Southern Interior could result in snowfall amounts of 10-15 cm before the system eases over the day. The eastern part of the province, the Kootenays and Columbias, are also expecting heavy snowfall today, which could affect travellers.

In town most people are waking up to temperatures above zero, the first time in nearly two weeks many parts of the region have been on the positive side of the scale, and temperatures will continue to rise over the day. For the more southern parts of the region strong winds, as high as 50 gusting to 70 kilometres per hour, will blow today and there is a chance of snow or rain.

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

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