UPDATE #2- Alaska Highway still closed

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Photo:  This photo of the Greyhound bus accident was provided by Jeff Giersch.

UPDATE #2 – The Alaska Highway will re-open at 9:30am Fort St. John time. Still expect blowing snow and make sure you reduce your speed and drive for the road conditions. There are slippery sections throughout the highway from Fort St. John to Fort Nelson.

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UPDATE – Public Works and Government Services Canada, now says the Highway will remain closed until at least 10 a.m. Thursday.  At 10 a.m. they will provide another update on the road.

 

It is another Environment Canada weather warning morning in the Peace Region, and travel remains very difficult.

In fact, it is still not possible on the Alaska Highway north of Wonowon to Fort Nelson.

The road is still closed in both directions, with officials projecting 8 a.m. this morning as the latest estimated reopening time.

Heavy snow and poor visibility were reportedly the reasons for the closure yesterday afternoon, and there was a least one serious accident recorded.

The single vehicle crash near Prophet River involved a Grey Hound bus on route from Grande Prairie to Fort Nelson, with six people on board.

There’s still no official word on injuries.

Meantime, Environment Canada puts yesterday’s snowfall amount at 4.8 centimeters lifting the unofficial monthly total, prior to 11 o’clock last night, to 29.3.

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That’s about three centimeters less than the full monthly norm of 32.4 but unofficially we’ve already passed the 26.5 millimeter December precipitation norm with 28.4.

 

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