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Highway 1 closed for avalanche control

Semis are lined up near Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park this morning, Feb. 16, 2016.
Image Credit: Drive B.C.

REVELSTOKE - If travel to or from Alberta is in your plans this morning expect delays of up to two hours through Glacier National Park.

Avalanche control measures are underway and are expected to last until 1 p.m. today, Feb. 16, Drive B.C. reports. No detours are available and delays of up to two hours in both directions are expected from the west boundary of the park to the east boundary.

Drive B.C. is also reporting limited visibility along Highway 1 east of Revelstoke due to fog and heavy snow, along with compact snow and slushy sections. Drivers should also watch out for frost heaves through the national park.

Avalanche Canada is forecasting a considerable to high risk in the park with the chance of small to very large avalanches very likely. The risk is expected to lower slightly Wednesday. Forecasters note up to 70 centimetres of new snow at the treeline and strong gusty winds over the last few days have left widespread avalanche conditions and human triggering is likely.

Other Southern Interior ranges are forecast at a moderate to considerable risk for avalanche today.

Slippery sections, slushy sections, compact snow and fog are being reported on other Interior highways along with black ice on Highway 3 and debris on the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 97 near Monte Lake, Highway 5A and Highway 8.

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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