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UPDATE: Coquihalla Highway reopened in both directions

Highway 3 and the Trans-Canada Highway also have various weather warnings in effect
The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions on Thursday morning, Feb. 29. (DriveBC Traffic Cams)

UPDATE 12:08 p.m.

The Coquihalla Highway has reopened in both directions.

All weather warnings are still in effect.


The Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt is closed in both directions on Thursday morning.

Since Wednesday afternoon just before 2:30 p.m., the southbound lanes have been closed due to a vehicle incident. Since 2:40 a.m. on Feb. 29, the highway has been closed in both directions.

DriveBC states the highway will reopen around approximately 12 p.m.

The Coquihalla is currently under a winter storm warning, put in place by Environment Canada. After expecting 25-40 cm of snow on Wednesday, the stretch of highway is expecting another five cm on Thursday.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations,” said Environment Canada. “Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.”

The Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass is also under a winter storm warning while Highway 3 is under a snowfall warning. Snowfall along with heavy winds are expected to taper off on the Coquihalla throughout the day on Thursday but both Highway 3 and the Trans-Canada Highway are expecting another 10-15 cm.

Environment Canada recommends postponing non-essential travel.

READ MORE: Highway 33 reopen following serious collision in Kelowna

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