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Highway 1 re-opened after closure between Revelstoke and Golden due to avalanche risks

Last Updated Jan 3, 2019 at 10:08 pm PDT

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B.C. (NEWS 1130) — Highway 1 between Revelstoke and Golden has been re-opened after it was shut down several hours Thursday because of avalanche risks along that stretch, but there will be heavy delays and congestion.

Drive B.C. says the risk of an avalanche is high and the Trans Canada will be shut down until around 10 p.m. Thursday. Avalanche risks also have 8 km of Highway 31 closed between Galena Bay and Trout Lake, and Highway 23 north of Mica Dam is also closed and wont be opened until 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The closures come as winter weather and heavy rains hit areas across the province.

If you’re heading out of town, conditions on the Coquihallla Highway between Hope and Merritt could get nasty, as hazardous winter conditions are expected. Rain will switch back to snow this evening, with up to 25 cm expected by Friday afternoon.

Earlier today, the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 was closed for avalanche control as well, but has been re-opened.

Drivers are reminded to have the proper tires and equipment if they plan to drive in these conditions.

Avalanche Canada warns about risks

Meantime, backcountry skiers should also take note of the avalanche risk in this region.

Avalanche Canada says the coast and the Sea to Sky region is under an extreme avalanche risk, partly because the region is expecting up to 100 c.m. of fresh snow before the end of tomorrow.