Part of BC's Coquihalla Highway closed during winter storm warning

Dec 21 2020, 1:39 pm

BC’s Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions between Hope and Merritt, DriveBC announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.

The closure comes as a winter storm hits BC’s South Coast, bringing wet snow to much of the region on the first day of winter. The region’s highways are currently the subject of a winter storm warning from Environment Canada.

Highway 5, also known as the Coquihalla, is closed due to “multiple incidents,” according to DriveBC.

The agency asked drivers to use an alternate route, and reminded everyone to avoid non-essential travel per public health guidelines.

The Coquihalla connects the Lower Mainland to BC’s Interior, following a route from Hope to Kamloops. Alternate routes include Highway 1 to the north and Highway 3 to the south.

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