Highway closures planned as big New Year’s snowfall sweeps through Revelstoke

Environment Canada is calling for 10-30 centimetres of new snow in the region.

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Heavy snowfall in downtown Revelstoke just before dark on New Year's Eve. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

A big snowstorm is coming through the Revelstoke area now and avalanche control highway closures are planned for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Mackenzie Avenue was socked in with snow on New Year’s Eve. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

A section of the Trans-Canada Highway near Three Valley Gap is closed on Tuesday, Dec. 31 for avalanche control, but is expected to reopen at 5 p.m. However, the section is scheduled to close again tonight between 8:30-10:30 p.m.

East of Revelstoke, the Trans-Canada Highway will close for avalanche control on New Year’s Day between Revelstoke and Golden. The closure is forecast to last from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the West Columbia Region including Rogers Pass and Eagle Pass. “Approximately 5 to 10 cm has fallen today with further amounts of 10 to 20 cm expected tonight,” writes Environment Canada in their warning. “Across western sections of West Columbia, snow may be even heavier with 20 to 30 cm expected.”

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has received 17 centimetres of new snow in the past 24 hours, and much more is forecast for tonight.

If you’re thinking of driving to Revy to get in on the powder, please check DriveBC before you go. When heavy snowfall weather systems pass through the area, the avalanche control situation changes constantly — it actually changed between the time I started typing this story and now, with the new closure this evening west of Revelstoke just announced.

Expect slow going tomorrow as highway conditions are not good and backlogs due to avalanche control lead to congestion.

Remember: the roads are very challenging during these conditions. Expect delays. Slow down. Be safe. Check for road updates. Make sure your vehicle’s up to code by checking Shift Into Winter. If you get caught behind an MVI, be prepared to be self-sufficient for many, many hours.

If you make it through, enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities and see you in the powder tomorrow!