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Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

November 23, 2017 - 9:40 AM

It's slow going for travellers driving between the southwest Interior and Lower Mainland with a heavy snowfall warning on the Coquihalla, and a mudslide which has closed Highway 1 through the eastern Fraser Valley.

Environment Canada issued the heavy snowfall warning earlier this morning, Nov. 23, for the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope.

Forecasters say a persistent southwest flow along with falling snow levels, will produce 15 centimetres of snow tonight. The snowfall is expected to ease tomorrow morning, but periods of lesser intensity snow are likely to continue throughout the day.

Meanwhile, muck and debris came down overnight in two locations on the Trans-Canada about 120 kilometres east of Vancouver.

No one was hurt in either slide.

The website DriveBC says geotechnical experts are assessing the stability of slopes along the highway and there's no word when the route will reopen.

A detour is available via Highways 7 and 9 through Agassiz, although construction on Highway 9 is adding to the delays.

A mudslide has also closed Highway 40, west of Lillooet, isolating the communities of Gold Bridge and Bralorne, and an estimated time of reopening is not available.

For the latest on weather warnings and forecasts check out the Environment Canada website.

The most up-to-date highway conditions can be found at Drive B.C.'s website.


— With files from The Canadian Press

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