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UPDATE: Hwy 3 reopens with snowfall warning still in effect, avalanche control this afternoon

(UPDATE: 9:25 a.m.) - Hwy 3 has reopened near Manning Park after a several hour closure.

A snowfall warning is still in effect for the highway, but not the same section.

The Environment Canada alert calls for up to 25 cm of snow for the Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit before the end of the day.

Hwy 3 will also be closed around the Kootenay Pass between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for avalanche control, but a lengthy detour is available.

(Original story: 6:30 a.m.) - Hwy 3 is closed near Manning Park and a snowfall warning has been issued for another stretch of the highway.

The closure is 10 kilometres east of Manning Park due to a vehicle incident that occurred overnight.

An assessment is still in progress and drivers can expect the highway to reopen around 10 a.m.

In addition, Environment Canada has issued the snowfall warning for Hwy 3 east of the Okanagan.

The warning affects both the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass, which are expected to receive five to 10 centimetres of snow today.

Another 15 cm of snow is expected tonight for a total of 25 cm before the day is through.

<who>Photo Credit: DriveBC</who>Kootenay Pass

“A low pressure system offshore will continue to bring snow to the area,” says the alert. “Snow will taper to scattered flurries early Friday morning.”

Weather in the mountains can always change suddenly and drivers are urged to check DriveBC for the latest conditions before they travel.



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