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Coquihalla reopens after snow impacts out-of-town highways

Last Updated Oct 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm PDT

The Coquihalla Highway summit on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Courtesy BC Highway camera)

The Coquihalla Highway is closed between Merritt and Hope

Drive BC says several commercial trucks have spun out in the slippery conditions

Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for much of the southern portion of the province outside Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Coquihalla Highway is again open between Merritt and Hope after closing earlier Friday due to snow-related crashes.

Drive BC said several commercial trucks spun out in the slippery conditions. The crash was in the southbound lanes, but affected northbound traffic as well.

“Highway is now open in both directions after a vehicle incident this morning,” says a tweet from Drive BC.

However, expect delays due to congestion in Merrit and Hope.

The travel advisory for Merritt to Kelowna has also been lifted.

Travelers are still advised to use caution and drive to winter conditions.

You can also expect to see snow on all highways out of Metro Vancouver, including the Sea to Sky up to Squamish and Whistler.

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Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for much of the southern portion of B.C. outside Metro Vancouver.

Meanwhile, more than 2,800 customers are without power in the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast.

More than half of those, or 1,655, are in North Vancouver and are related to nine outages from the base of Grouse Mountain to the Capilano Highlands, according to BC Hydro.

Crews have been assigned to the larger outages.

More than 1,700 customers in the Thompson and Shuswap region were also without power. Earlier, as many as 12,000 in that area had no power.