UPDATE 1:30 p.m.:
Westbound lanes of Highway 1 were re-opened around 1 p.m., although eastbound lanes remained closed. Although detour options existed, Environment Canada also warned of more snow to come, and the possibility of freezing rain.
Highway 1 is shut down in parts of Abbotsford and Chilliwack due to whiteout conditions and blowing snow.
DriveBC says that the conditions between Lickman and Whatcom have very limited visibility and the roads are slippery.
The highway contractor, Emil Anderson Maintenance, took to social media to alert motorists that Highway 1 is shut along the Sumas Prairie, from Lickman Exit 116 to Sumas Exit 92).
DriveBC has released a travel advisory warning drivers to stay off all parts Highway 1 unless “absolutely necessary.”
The Abbotsford Police Department’s social media is giving a similar warning to stay off the highway between Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
“Emergency crews are having a difficult time reaching stranded motorists. The Roads are treacherous. Please stay home.”
One driver told The News that he couldn’t see a foot in front of him at times.
“There were semis and cars everywhere in the ditch.”
— Patrick Penner (@portmoodypigeon) January 15, 2020