British Columbia Sun

Winter storm closes down highways, strands thousands without power


Key takeaways: 

  • Travel advisories were allocated for some highway roads.
  • Individuals shovel a driveway after an overnight snowfall in Surrey, B.C. 
  • Serious snow Thursday mixed with icy rain overnight has made smooth road conditions along the South Coast and other inland, where avalanche risk has shut main highways. 

Snow hits BC and high currents are being predicted for South Coast: 

More climate warnings are in result for several provinces of British Columbia as winter storm situations resume to wreak havoc on the region’s highway and utility systems.

Environment Canada states heavy snow is the prediction for the region’s Interior on Friday and is alerting drivers about risks on main highway roads, some of which have been shut.

Also read: Severe winter climate cuts power and snags access to small Vancouver-Island communities

Winter storm hits BC leaving residents without power

Much of the north has been put under intense cold warning and, as B.C. Hydro teams race to convert power to thousands of clients on the South Coast, a wind alert has been allocated for Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria.

According to DriveBC, a high chance of the avalanche has already forced the closure of Highway 3 at Allison Pass and Kootenay Pass, as well as Highway 1 north of Yale. Highway 5, which had been open to commercial vehicles only, is presently shut between Hope and Merritt due to icy rain. Highway 99 stays open despite an avalanche alert between Pemberton and Lillooet.

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