Saturday, November 18, 2017

Highway 16 CLOSED between Prince Rupert and Terrace owing to High Avalanche Danger

A High Avalanche risk West of New Remo has CLOSED highway 16 to
travel, with the next update not expected until Midnight Saturday night

Highway has been re-opened -- See Updated story here

Road Travel between Prince Rupert and Terrace has come to a halt this Saturday night, as a High Avalanche Hazard Warning has been issued by the Ministry of Transportation for a 22 kilometre stretch of Highway 16 between the two Northwest communities.

Drive BC listed the Travel advisory shortly after 6 PM this evening, noting that the area in question is found 13 km east of the Port Edward turn off and 35 km west of of Terrace.

The elements related to the High Avalanche Advisory are currently being assessed with the next update expected at Midnight.

Until that time the Highway will remain CLOSED to all traffic.

You can review the full details from the Drive BC website.

As we noted earlier today. the Northwest has been receiving significant rain and snowfall through the day today, with up to 25 centimetres of snow falling in the Terrace, Kitimat, Stewart region.

The ongoing weather conditions have resulted in a number of power outages reported in both Kitimat and Smithers heading into Saturday night.

We will update the Advisory as more information becomes available.

For a look at some of the past weather events of the Northwest see our archive page here.

Update SATURDAY NIGHT: An update just after 10 PM advised that the Highway would remain closed overnight, with
a tentative opening of between 7AM and Noon. The next update is scheduled for 6AM

Update SUNDAY AM: The highway has been re-opened, however travellers can expect delays of 30 minutes or longer in both directions 58km west of Terrace because of Avalanche Control, which takes place between 11 AM to 3 PM.  The next update is expected at 3PM

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