Snow causing havoc on Okanagan Connector

Snow is making travel very difficult on Hwy. 97C — otherwise known as the Okaganan Connector — after heavy snowfall blanketed the route from Merritt to Peachland on Saturday night.

The highway was closed to eastbound traffic four kilometres west of the Pennask summit for about an hour Sunday afternoon after a multi-vehicle collision. The route was re-opened shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Not long after, reports said another collision had occurred on the Connector, this one near the Kane Valley Road exit, which is just west of the intersection with Hwy. 5A at Aspen Grove.

#Merritt emergency crews responding to #BCHwy97C and Kane Valley road for a 3 car crash no other details

— Kamscan (@Kamscan) February 19, 2018

Drive BC is warning drivers to be cautious while travelling on the Connector, especially between Aspen Grove and the Brenda Mines exit due to blowing and drifting snow. The road is slippery in sections and covered by compact snow.

The temperature in the area is below freezing.

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