Coquihalla closed between Merritt and Hope due to snowfall

The highway has been shut down in both directions on Friday morning (Oct 23) due to commercial vehicles spinning out.

The early season snow has already created havoc on the roads on Friday morning (Oct. 23) as the Coquihalla Highway has been closed in both directions between Merritt and Hope due to commercial vehicles spinning out.

Snow is falling and accumulating across Kamloops, with Environment Canada calling for amounts of five to 15 centimetres to pile up rain mixes with the snow in the afternoon.

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The system will pass through overnight and sunshine and cold temperatures will arrive on Saturday.

There have also been reports of vehicle incidents in Kamloops that may lead to commuting delays.

Kamloops Mounties are responding to several motor vehicle accidents.

“We are requesting that drivers please use caution, slow down and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination,” Sgt. Darren Michels said.

“In particular, intersections appear to have become slick with ice where people are attempting to slow down and stop. Give yourself plenty of stopping distance. If you don't have to go out today or can delay your departure, please consider this to allow the snow trucks to get road safely cleared.”

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Motorists woke up to the first snowfall blanketing the city on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, and slowing the morning commute for many. - Dave Eagles/KTW

 

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