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TransCanada Highway Reopens After Avalanche Hazard Closure

01/14/2014 01:50 EST | Updated 03/16/2014 05:59 EDT
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It's been a frustrating morning for people trying to head west into B.C. after avalanche conditions closed many highways.​

The Trans-Canada between Lake Louise and Golden, B.C., has reopened after a high avalanche hazard closed the highway down Monday.

An avalanche buried a section of Highway 16 near Valemount, B.C., Monday night, but RCMP say no one was injured. 

Highway 93 in B.C. will be closed seven kilometres south of the Alberta border for avalanche control from noon until 1 p.m. MT.

The highway closures are having a big impact on truckers as many have been waiting since Monday to get through to B.C.

Gary Bruys pulled over near Cochrane, Alta., on his way from Manitoba to B.C.

"I've been doing this 30 years, it happens this stuff. You can't do much about it, just park and wait," he said.

Rough conditions this year

Bruys says he is spending his time reading and sleeping, but doesn't get paid when this happens. He says it seems avalanche-related road closures have been happening more often in recent years.

"It affects everybody but that's just the way it is... — you get used to it," he said.

Experts agree conditions are worse this year than in other years in recent memory.

Karl Klassen, manager of the Canadian Avalanche Centre's Public Avalanche Warning Service, says it's a complex and highly variable snow pack.

"It's a little bit trickier than what we have seen in the last couple of years," he said.

He says some areas will be unstable for the rest of the season, but it will all depend on how much snow falls, the temperatures and the wind.

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