Snow snarls traffic as crashes reported across Kamloops

Two rollover incidents on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of the Dallas Drive turnoff has led to numerous delays as drivers deal with slippery roads across the city.

Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to two rollover accidents near the same location on the highway early on Tuesday morning (Jan. 7). One involved a rolled-over car in the westbound lane and another involved a semi on its side in the eastbound lane.

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About five centimetres of snow is forecast to fall in Kamloops on Tuesday, adding to snow already on the ground from Monday. Snow is forecast to continue falling into Wednesday before a break on Thursday, with snow resuming on Friday and through the weekend, when the temperature is forecast to dip below -10 C overnight.

Tuesday’s snow led to long delays for commuters, with vehicles stuck heading up Columbia Street and the Summit Connector. Traffic inched south along Fortune Drive, with the commute from Brocklehurst and Batchelor Heights to Sahali taking more than an hour at one point in the morning.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada has issued a winter storm and freezing rain warning for the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt, advising of hazardous winter conditions and an excepted snowfall of five to 10 centimetres on Tuesday.

A four-hour shutdown of the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt is also planned for Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for avalanche control work, according to DriveBC.

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