(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.
#BCHwy3 #KootenayPass will be CLOSED for planned avalanche control today from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Alternate route available from Nelson to Creston; Highway 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, estimated travel time 2.5 hours. Next update at 7:00 PM, more info: https://t.co/HzezG7K0D2— Drive BC (@DriveBC) January 9, 2019
(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.
REMINDER - CLOSED - #BCHwy3 due to a vehicle incident 10 KM east of #ManningPark— Drive BC (@DriveBC) January 9, 2019
Highway is closed from #HopeBc to #PrincetonBC
Assessment in progress. Estimated to open at 10 AM. Next Update 8AMhttps://t.co/akmQTGA4Fo
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.
“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.