Weather alerts in effect for mountain passes – BC News

UPDATE 2:31 p.m.

Slushy road conditions may have been a factor in several serious collisions on B.C. Highways Wednesday morning.

CTV News is reporting that a spokesperson for the BC Coroner's Service now say one person is dead and two others were treated by paramedics after a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 5.

The man, reportedly in his 20's was airlifted to hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

UPDATE 12:50 p.m.

The vehicle incident on the Coquihalla northbound near Larson Hill has now been cleared and traffic is moving again.

You are advised to keep an eye on Castanet and DriveBC for the latest on highway travel information.

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

DriveBC reports southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway have now been cleared near the Larson Hill exit.

Police and emergency vehicles were on scene, and although traffic is flowing, expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 

UPDATE 8:48 a.m.

There has been another collision at the same location on the Coquihalla near Larsen Hill. Now both the southbound and northbound lanes are impacted and you are advised to expect delays.

ORIGINAL 8:30 a.m.

Highway conditions continue to fluctuate across the province Wednesday morning.

Watch for issues on the Coquihalla northbound near Larson Hill, south of Merritt Wednesday morning. DriveBC is reporting a collision has shutdown the northbound lane. Emergency vehicles are on the scene and you are advised to expect major delays and consider using Highway 3 as an alternate route.

However Environment Canada's alerts remain in place for the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and on the Trans-Canada Highway – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.

Snowfall with total amounts of about 20 cm continues for the Paulson Summit. Heavy snow is expected to continue  today with another 10 to 15 cm of snow possible before this evening.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected on the Trans-Canada Highway especially at Rogers Pass.

A slow-moving frontal system over B.C. is expected to exit the province today. Heavy snowfall associated with this storm will continue this morning and end this afternoon. Total snowfall accumulations of up to 40 cm are expected for this event.

Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

You are advised to check Castanet and DriveBC before heading out on the highways.