Trans-Canada reopens as avalanche fears recede

The Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Sicamous in B.C. has reopened after a winter storm dumped large amounts of snow across southern parts of the province overnight that required avalanche control.

Winter storm forced closures in the Revelstoke area

A truck is surrounded by fresh snow in Albert Canyon, about 30 kilometres east of Revelstoke, B.C., on Highway 1.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Sicamous in B.C. has reopened after a winter storm dumped large amounts of snow across southern parts of the province overnight that required avalanche control.

Other closures were lifted on Highway 23 north of Revelstoke and Highway 3 at the Kootenay Pass Summit.

Heavy snowfall travel advisories that were in place for the Coquihalla Highway 5 and the Okanagan Connector Highway 97C and Highway 24 were lifted around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The storm brought 27 centimetres of badly-needed new snow to Whistler-Blackcomb and 30 centimetres to the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, but ski resorts on Vancouver's North Shore Mountains got much less due to warmer conditions.

The avalanche danger in many parts of southern B.C. remains high and backcountry travellers are advised to take extreme caution when picking their routes.

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