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South East BC and South West Alberta both under severe weather warnings for travellers


HERE IN BC ... a high risk of avalanche has closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Golden, which will be closed with no detour until approximately 8 o'clock this evening.

A severe winter storm across much of the southern Interior has brought more than 40 centimetres of snowfall to the region, with 20 to 30 more centimetres expected throughout the day, and as much as 50 centimetres forecast for Rogers Pass.

Avalanche control work is taking place in four different locations along this section by ministry staff to ensure people's safety once the highway is reopened. The ministry is co-coordinating this work with federal government staff who are undertaking avalanche control work in Glacier National Park to ensure road closure times are minimized.

Highway 1 is also currently closed in both directions at Kicking Horse Canyon east of Golden due to avalanche control, and the road will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

Highway 3 will be closed at Kootenay Pass from approximately 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific time) this afternoon due to avalanche control. A detour is available from Nelson to Creston via Highway 3A and the Kootenay Lake Ferry.

Travel advisories are in effect for highways in the southern Interior, and people should drive to conditions or reconsider travel if possible.  Check www.DriveBC.ca and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

MEANTIME NEXT DOOR IN ALBERTA ... a wind and heavy snow warning is in place for southwest Alberta which is experiencing gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour. In addition, 10 to 20 centimetres of snow is expected in the mountain parks.

Commercial vehicles are having difficulty travelling along highways 22 and 3. RCMP have set up checkpoints at the intersection of highways 22 and 3 near Lundbrook and the intersection of Highways 2 and 533 near Nanton to advise larger, light commercial and recreation vehicles not to travel in the area.

All drivers should proceed with caution and should be prepared to stop if conditions become difficult. Motorists are strongly advised to carry an emergency road kit.

Know before you go – check 511 Alberta for the latest real time road conditions.

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