Saturday, January 1, 2022

Highway 16 Closed owing to Avalanche Hazard, no ETA For reopening

Road Closures and advisories of potential closure mark the
Drive BC Map this New Years Day

UPDATE: Highway 16 was reopened in the early hours of Sunday morning, following debris removal, highway  conditions are noted as having compact ice. Travel between Terrace and Kitimat currently (as of 8:30 AM) not recommended owing to rain on compact snow making for dangerous driving conditions.

Travellers between Prince Rupert and Terrace are in a holding pattern this New Year's Day, that as the Ministry of Highways has CLOSED highway 16 between Rainbow Lake an Exstew due to a High Avalanche Hazard.

The Closure was issued just after 10AM and there is no Estimated Time for Reopening at this point.

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A High Avalanche Risk has also CLOSED The Nisga'a Highway

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Two Highways in the Stewart vicinity remain open for the moment but officials note they could be closed at any time depending on the conditions.

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All of the Highway advisories come as the first major Weather system of 2022 continues to make its way eastbound, with heavy snow arriving inland overnight and continuing through this morning.

The Terrace/Kitimat/Nass and Stewart Regions remain under Winter Storm Warning, with continued significant snowfall anticipate through into the afternoon.

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A number of the highway 16 cameras are currently not working, though the cameras from Kasiks and Terrace provide a snapshot of the conditions as of 11AM


Terrace Roundabout at Highway 16 & 37

You can monitor the Drive BC website and twitter feed for updates on the road closure and conditions.

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