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.
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.
West of town, avalanche crews got to work in the early morning hours clearing slide paths near Three Valley Gap.
— Rocky Mtn District (@TranBCRockyMtn) December 17, 2019
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.
I will never have been so happy to see Revelstoke in my life. Thus far my day has amounted to getting from Salmon Arm to “near” Revelstoke in just under 6 hours!
— Pierre Kennepohl (@pkennepohl) December 17, 2019
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.
UPDATE – #BCHwy1 – Travel advisory between Bowolin Rd. and Griffin Lake avalanche gate due to spun out vehicles and congestion. Expect major delays due to congestion.https://t.co/URi0dV14FO#Sicamous #Revelstoke
— DriveBC K (@DriveBC_K) December 17, 2019
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.