Heading north on Highway Five a few kilometres south of Barriere at approximately 8pm this evening. Facebook photo: Pam Jim

Heavy snow causing multiple accidents for travelers on Highway 5 north of Kamloops

“Stay home” advise first responders

What started as a light fall of snow early this morning in the Lower North Thompson Valley has become a heavy snowfall that is now putting drivers at risk.

The Easter Sunday snowfall was producing giant flakes by mid-afternnon and that has not let up since.

As a result of the large buildup of heavy wet snow area roads have become treacherous and visibility is extremely limited at this time.

Motorists and truckers traveling on Highway 5 between Kamloops and Barriere are reporting multiple vehicles off the road, tractor-trailer units spun-out, with some drivers chaining up to try and get traction.

The snow is accumulating so quickly that a number of drivers are also calling for more plow trucks, reporting there is a considerable buildup of four to six inches of packed snow, slush and ice on the highway.

BC Ambulance and Barriere Search and Rescue have been reported to be attending accident scenes, and local First Responders are advising travelers to “stay home”.

The storm is expected to move on by morning, but in the meantime check DriveBC for updates on road conditions, and if you don’t have to drive tonight – don’t.

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