Highway 1 closed for avalanche control today

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If traveling to or from Alberta was in your plans today you may have to rethink your route, or be prepared for long delays.

Avalanche control will be taking place along Highway 1 through Glacier National Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 22. Drive B.C. expects individual closures of up to two hours at a time. 

More than 12 centimetres of snow has accumulated on the ground at Albert Canyon, just west of Glacier National Park, in the past 24 hours and another 7 to 14 cm is expected in the park before tomorrow morning, along with some rain.

Avalanche Canada is expecting a high risk of avalanche at the alpine level through the park today, with other elevations at a considerable risk. The risk is also high in the alpine level of the North Columbia range and the alpine and below treeline levels of the South Columbia and Kootenay Boundary ranges.

Drive B.C. is reporting limited visibility with heavy snowfall along the Trans-Canada Highway from Craigellachie to the west boundary of Glacier National Park along with water pooling west of Revelstoke.

Other Interior highways are reporting a mix of winter driving conditions along with water pooling in some areas as temperatures continue to stay several degrees above seasonal normals.

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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