Update: 11:00 a.m.
Both sides of the Bennet Bridge have cleared after snow and ice caused early delays for westbound and eastbound traffic Friday morning.
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Commuters were delayed by various incidents on Highway 97 including stalled vehicles and icy hill slopes.
Update: 9:55 a.m.
Kelowna RCMP is urging caution for drivers looking to commute to or from West Kelowna after serious delays caused by weather on the Bennett Bridge.
At around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, police and work crews responded to multiple vehicles, including a semi-truck, that had stalled on both sides of Highway 97 on the hills.
“The Kelowna RCMP want to urge stranded drivers to remain in their vehicles to maintain their safety,” reads a release from the RCMP.
Plows and sandtrucks have been dispatched to help the affected vehicles on the roads.
Original 8:45 a.m.
Heavy snowfall is causing traffic chaos on the William R. Bennett Bridge this morning.
At least two cars and a tractor-trailer have stalled in the middle of the road near the exit of Westside Road.
A Capital News Reporter said he witnessed people trying to push the stalled vehicles out of the way.
According to Environment Canada, Kelowna can expect 5 to 10 cm of snowfall today, along with winds coming in from the south at 30 km/h getting up to 50 km/h later in the morning. About 2 cm of snow is forecasted to fall overnight with the temperature holding steady near -2.
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Drive BC has issued warnings for drivers taking Highway 97, advising road users to watch for slippery sections between the following sections:
- Drought Rd and William R Bennett Bridge for 17.1 km
- William R Bennett Bridge and Crystal Waters Rd for 36.3 km
- Highway 97 and Pennask Summit for 33.0 km
- Highway 97 South and Highway 97; Highway 97 North for 65.5 km
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