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Storm warnings continue for Interior highways as roads remain closed

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Environment Canada warnings of heavy rainfall and snow continue across B.C. as routes between the Interior and the Lower Mainland remain closed.

Yesterday at 2 p.m., Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton and Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon and between Popkum and Hope were closed as a precaution due to the storm. Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet was also closed Nov. 27.

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Multiple rockslides along Highway 1 have caused the road’s closure in the Interior as well. A rockslide roughly 13 kilometres east of Chase has reduced the highway to single-lane alternating traffic, according to DriveB.C.

The Trans-Canada Highway is also closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge due to a rockslide.

The Coquihalla remains closed as crews conduct repair work. It is not expected to open until January 2022.

Heavy rain on Highway 5 will continue today, and there will be potential impacts to vulnerable landscapes and infrastructure, according to Environment Canada. The highway will see between 20 to 60 mm of rain.

Highway 3 from Hope to Manning Park will also see between 20 to 60 mm of rain.

“Strong warming from the system caused freezing levels to rise well above the mountain tops. Snowmelt will contribute to runoff, increasing the risk of flooding,” according to Environment Canada.

A snowfall warning also continues for the Trans-Canada Highway between Eagle Pass and Rogers Pass. The highway will see between 30 to 40 mm of snow today, Nov. 28. The highway is also closed between Revelstoke and Golden for avalanche work until today at 2 p.m. MST.

“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” according to Environment Canada.

Road conditions can be viewed through DriveB.C. and weather alerts can be found on Environment Canada’s website.

 


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