Highway 3 open but avalanche threat persists on local roads

Tulameen residents without power

While major highways around Princeton are open this morning – following a night of closures due to avalanche conditions – Coalmont Road between Coalmont and Princeton is still shut down.

According to Drive BC there is no estimated time for reopening the road, which has been declared a “high avalanche hazard.”

At the same time many residents of Tulameen are without electricity, and Fortis BC will send crews in by helicopter if necessary to clean up downed power lines and restore service to customers in that remote community.

“We have to wait while the Ministry of Transportation does some avalanche control in that area,” said Nichole Bogdanovic, Fortis spokesperson.

“Once the helicopter is available to us to get a visual of the area, and if we cannot get in by road, they will fly in to fix what they can.”

She cautioned residents to stay at least 30 meters – the approximate length of a school bus – away from downed lines.

Highway 3 between Princeton and Hope was closed for several hours Friday night but is open today.

Highway 5A between Aspen Grove and Princeton is also closed as of 10:56 a.m. Saturday.

According to Environment Canada Princeton saw 39.1 cm of snow accumulation between December 28 and 29.

Flurries are expected to end this afternoon and there is no further precipitation forecast until Thursday January 4.

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Most long-weekend rain has already fallen

A mix of sun and cloud is expected for the last two days of the the Victoria Day weekend.

Update: Mother dead, youth in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Sandy Point Campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Penticton Indian Band councillor trying for federal seat

Joan Phillip acclaimed as NDP candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Former Greyhound bus drivers gather in the Okanagan for one last hurrah

Bash kicks off Friday in Penticton and runs until Sunday

Some South Okanagan students are $1,000 richer

Million Dollar Bursary Program offers bursaries each year to Interior Savings’ young members

Weather holds up for Rutland May Days

60th annual May Day midway, market and entertainment saw hundreds of attendees

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

South Okanagan runners take top spots in Peach City RunFest

Both the top male and female half-marathon winners were from Penticton

Former Greyhound Canada employees gather in Okanagan to say a final farewell

“Greyhound may take our jobs but they will never take our friendships,” says former bus driver

Kelowna firefighters douse blaze in hedges

The cause of the fire on Renfrew Road is under investigation.

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

Okanagan Springtime Regatta draws more than 50 sailboats

Sailors treated to windy, excellent long weekend conditions on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read