It’s snowing heavily on Highway 5, as can be seen on the Great Bear Snowshed higway cam. The Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope has been closed due to vehicle incidents. (Drive BC image)

Northbound lanes of Coquihalla Highway closed between Hope and Merritt

Heavy snow falling throughout BC Interior, roads treacherous

The Coquihalla Highway briefly reopened this morning in both directions between Hope and Merritt, however the northbound lanes are now closed due to an accident and weather conditions.

Drive BC issued a travel advisory and advised motorists to exercise extreme caution if considering travel and be prepared for winter conditions.

According to Drive BC, drivers should expect up to one hour delays.

The highway was closed for most of the night after snow began falling causing several accidents.

Drive BC said it expects 30 to 60 cm of snow by late Friday afternoon for the Coquihalla, Allison Pass, Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass.

Avalanche control work is also planned on the Trans-Canada between Revelstoke and Golden starting Friday at 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. A detour is not available.

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