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UPDATE: Major highways connecting Interior to Lower Mainland closed due to weather, avalanche risk

Highway 3 at 3/5 junction looking east.
Image Credit: DriveB.C.

Accidents, avalanche risks and freezing rain have caused many closures this morning on highways connecting the B.C. Interior to the Lower Mainland.

Highway 3 is currently closed roughly 37 kilometres east of Hope, due to an avalanche risk between Second Avalanche Gate and Allision Summit, according to Drive B.C. A travel advisory is also in effect between Hope and Princeton as the highway could see between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow.

Major delays are also expected along Highway 5, the Coquihalla, north of Hope. A vehicle accident has caused the road’s closure roughly five kilometres north of Hope. The highway has since reopened in the northbound lanes.


Highway 5A is also closed until later this afternoon due to avalanche control work roughly 28 km north of Princeton. 

A travel advisory is in effect due to an avalanche risk between Pemberton and Lillooet along Highway 99.

The highway may close at any time, and Drive B.C. is advising drivers to pack food, water, warm clothing and blankets.

Highway 1 between Ainslie Road North and Kanaka Station Road (Jackass Mountain Summit) remains closed due to a washout. The estimated time of reopening in mid-January as crews work to reconstruct the highway. 

From Yale to 26 km south of Jackass Mountain Summit, the highway is also closed due to a high avalanche risk. The Trans-Canada Highway also remains closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge due to landslides. That section of the highway is also expected to reopen in mid-January.

The Trans-Canada is currently closed west of Revelstoke due to avalanche control work and from Revelstoke to Golden due to a high avalanche risk.

Snowfall warnings are also in effect for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt, the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass and Highway 3 from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, according to Environment Canada.

For more information on highway conditions and closures, visit DriveB.C.’s website here.

For the latest on weather advisories check Environment Canada's web page here.

— This story was updated at 1:47 p.m. Jan. 7, 2022 as new highway closures and openings were reported by Drive B.C.

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