03/20/2012 09:31 EDT | Updated 05/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Coquihalla Highway reopens

B.C.'s Coquihalla Highway reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed because of the high risk of avalanches.

The road was closed between Hope and Merritt Tuesday afternoon because of heavy snowfall.

The mountain highway is the main route between Vancouver and the province's Interior. Alternate routes from Hope to the B.C. Interior include Highway 1 and 8 to Kamloops; and Highway 3 and 97 to Kelowna.