DriveBC issues emergency alert as snowfall shuts down highways in southwestern B.C.

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      Note: Please visit the DriveBC website for the latest updates. 

      Anyone planning to drive on highways in southwestern British Columbia should reconsider their routes, as several highways have been closed due to heavy snowfall.

      DriveBC issued an emergency alert about numerous hazardous highway conditions in southwest B.C.

      Anyone planning to drive on Highways 1, 3, 5, 5A, and 95A should check online updates and be aware of partial or full road closures, and avalanche and rockslide warnings.

      Highways 1, 3, and 95A had all been closed in both directions today (December 20).

      Highway 4 has periodic closures scheduled for construction work.

      The southbound lane of the Coquihalla Highway, or Highway 5, was closed due to a vehicle incident and travel is not advised on this route unless absolutely necessary due to blowing snow.

      B.C. Transportation stated that about 85 centimetres (33 inches) of snow had accumulated on the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt by 3:30 p.m. today and heavy snowfall is expected to continue until Saturday (December 21) afternoon.

      For updates, visit the DriveBC website. 

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