Highway 93 re-opened; Trans-Canada still closed
UPDATE: As of 9:26 p.m. Feb. 8, Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park is now open; Highway 1 is still closed according to DriveBC.
Access to British Columbia via Highway 93 and the Trans-Canada Highway is closed until tomorrow (Feb. 9).
And entry into the province is only slightly better on Highway 3, in that the road is still open but travel on it is not advised.
Extreme winter driving conditions have forced the closure of Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park, with DriveBC reporting an estimated time of re-opening as 1 p.m. on Friday.
There is no detour available as the Trans-Canada is closed between the Alberta border and Golden because of high avalanche hazard. Estimated time of opening is also 1 p.m. February 9.
The Crowsnest Pass entry to the province on Highway 3 currently has limited visibility due to heavy snowfall from Alberta to Fernie.
“Black Ice and slippery conditions forming as temperatures drop. Travellers are advised to exercise caution and consider alternate plans,” states a DriveBC travel advisory.
DriveBC is also warning about strong crosswinds along Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Elko. Please adjust your speed accordingly.
Highway 43 currently has compact snow and slippery sections between Highway 3 and Elkford.
Highway 95 from Radium Hot Springs to Golden is also under winter driving conditions.
Lead image: Highway 43 at Line Creek between Sparwood and Elkford. DriveBC images