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Travellers stymied leaving southern Interior; winter road conditions cause issues

FILE PHOTO - Travelling behind a snow plow on the Coquihalla Highway on Nov 2, 2013.
Image Credit: Contributed/B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Jess M. Cote
December 04, 2019 - 11:07 AM

If you're planning a road trip out from the Okanagan or Kamloops today it may be challenging.

Snowy and icy roads are currently slowing down commuters today, Dec. 4, on mountain passes around the region.

The Coquihalla, from Hope to Merritt headed north, was closed this morning and emergency vehicles were on scene due to a crash.

DriveBC said to expect major delays due to congestion and consider alternate routes, such as Highway 3 and Highway 1. 

Not far from there, Highway 5 southbound, a police incident at the Larson Hill exit also caused delays up to 30 minutes.

DriveBC also reported that Highway 1 was closed in both directions this morning in the Fraser Canyon due to a rockslide near Toll Road. It was cleared before 10 a.m.

Headed toward Alberta there's also dicey weather.

On the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass and Highway 3 from the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, hazardous winter conditions are expected to continue with a winter storm warning is in effect.

Environment Canada said that a slow-moving frontal system over B.C. will exit the province today.

"Heavy snowfall associated with this storm will end this afternoon," the alert reads. "Total snowfall accumulations of up to 40 centimetres are expected for this event."

With all the snow, travel is expected to be difficult and visibility may be compromised.

For the very latest on highway conditions go to DriveBC's website here.

For the latest on weather watches and warnings go to Environment Canada's website here.

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