Freezing rain leads to closures of all highways into Metro Vancouver

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      It was impossible last night to use any highways to drive into Metro Vancouver.

      Highways 1, 3, 5, 99, and the Coquihalla were all closed due to icy conditions and/or avalanche risk.

      Drive BC reported that there were "multiple vehicle incidents" along the Coquihalla.

      This led to long traffic tie-ups as hundreds slept in their vehicles overnight.

      The Coquihalla is expected to reopen around 10 a.m. today.

      This morning, Highway 3 was reopened from Hope to Manning Park Lodge after the risk of avalanche was downgraded.

      However, the avalanche risk has kept Highway 1 closed from Hope to Lytton.

      Highway 5 is now open from Logan Lake to Merritt.

      Meanwhile, public schools remain closed today in Chilliwack, Mission, and the Fraser-Cascade school district because of the weather.

      All college and university campuses in the mainland area of southwest B.C. are open today.