Revelstoke area snowfall snarls Trans-Canada Highway traffic for 24 hours and counting

It's been a bad 24 hours on the Trans-Canada Highway in the Revelstoke area, and more snow is in the forecast.

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Trucks backed up by the Eagle River webcam on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke on Tuesday late afternoon. Image: DriveBC highway cam image

A heavy snowfall in the Revelstoke area in the past two days has created snarls and closures on the Trans-Canada Highway over the past 24 hours and counting, and more snow is in the forecast.

Multi-vehicle MVI closes Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke, opening estimate Tuesday morning

The first major incident happened mid-afternoon on Monday, when a passenger vehicle collided head on with a commercial truck on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke. The man died as a result of the crash, which led to a 10-hour closure of the highway.

Driver fatality after head-on with transport truck

West of town, avalanche crews got to work in the early morning hours clearing slide paths near Three Valley Gap.

Later that morning, an MVI east of Field, B.C. shut down the highway for several hours.

For most of the day Tuesday, heavy congestion snarled the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke in the Griffin Lake area. Motorists reported bumper to bumper traffic and many small incidents, such as commercial trucks getting stuck and spinning out in the snow.

The congestion led to a travel advisory that lasted for four hours.

That situation was improving but never fully cleared before another incident led to more delays. Just before 5 p.m., DriveBC reported that a tree had fallen on hydro lines near the highway in the Griffin Lake, then the trees fell on the highway, blocking one lane, leading to single-lane alternating traffic. DriveBC is estimating one-hour delays before the incident is cleared, estimated to be at about 6 p.m.

Currently, Environment Canada is calling for snow every day until at least Monday. Be sure to check DriveBC before you venture onto local highways in the next few days, and also consider altering your plans.