Fraser Canyon section of Hwy 1 closed to traffic due to avalanche risk

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A worker installs a radar sensor in Glacier National Park to detect avalanches near the Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass. Avalanche concerns have temporarily closed Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon. (Parks Canada - image credit)
A worker installs a radar sensor in Glacier National Park to detect avalanches near the Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass. Avalanche concerns have temporarily closed Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon. (Parks Canada - image credit)

The B.C. government has closed a section of Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon due to avalanche risk.

As of 8 a.m. PT Monday, drivers are no longer allowed to travel between Yale and Boston Bar on this route until further notice.

According to the province, the closure will be re-evaluated daily by the Ministry of Transportation's avalanche team. The government says it could take several days until the highway is deemed safe to reopen.

The increased avalanche risk is due to recent milder weather and an incoming atmospheric river system that's forecast to bring heavy rain to southwest B.C. starting Tuesday.

Highway 1 remains closed over a 16-kilometre stretch north of Boston Bar, and between Lytton and Spences Bridge, due to washouts from heavy rain and landslides in November.

Highway 3 also closed Monday morning between Hope and Allison Pass Summit for scheduled avalanche control work but had reopened as of 11:30 a.m. PT.

However, a travel advisory is in place on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton due to weather conditions. Motorists are being asked to avoid non-essential travel on this route.

DriveBC is advising anyone on this stretch of road have food, water and warm clothing in their vehicle and to be prepared to shelter in place if necessary.

For the latest road conditions, visit DriveBC.ca.

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