Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Highway 16 CLOSED between Prince Rupert and Terrace owing to Avalanche Risk

Travel long Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert has come to a halt
as the Ministry of Transportation has Closed the corridor to traffic
owing to a High Avalanche Risk

Update: In addition to the closure of Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert, the Nisga'a Highway has also been Closed, due to high avalanche risk between Greenville and Kincolith

The Ministry of Transportation and Highways has Closed Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert over concerns of an avalanche risk along the corridor between the two communities.

The Advisory that the Highway was Closed  was delivered over the Noon hourwith traffic turned back at 13 kilometres East of Prince Rupert and 35 kilometres West of Terrace. 

The Next Update on the situation is expected at 6 PM

The Road closure comes as more Snow and now Rain arrive in the Terrace area, making road conditions challenging and making the upper mountain areas unstable.

The Environment Canada Forecast for the Terrace/Kitimat region is calling for up to 30 cm of snow through the day today. You can get updates on conditions from the Environment Canada website

Drive BC will have updates on the situation available through their website and Twitter feed.

The most recent Highway camera views along the route show Snow continuing in the Kasiks area, as well as in Terrace

Kasiks Highway camera at 1:30 PM

Conditions at Terrace at 1:30 PM

You can check on updated conditions from our link to the Highway Camera Network around the Northwest

More background on the Avalanche risk in Coastal BC and the backcountry can be found from this update from Avalanche Canada.

Avalanche Canada has also issued warnings for those that
travel the backcountry of the Northwest
with a High Avalanche Risk Alert issued

For more items related weather events on the North Coast see our archive page here.

Transportation notes along the Highway 16 corridor can be reviewed here.

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