NEWS
01/03/2014 10:31 EST | Updated 03/05/2014 05:59 EST

Avalanche danger keeps B.C. highways closed

Sections of the Trans-Canada and several other B.C. highways remained closed on Friday morning for avalanche control after a winter storm dumped large amounts of snow across parts of southern B.C. overnight.

The Trans-Canada was closed between Craigellachie and Revelstoke, and Revelstoke and Golden on Friday morning. Other closures include 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 did bring 27 centimetre 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 travelers are advise to take extreme caution when picking their routes.

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