After a long and frustrating night for drivers hoping to get in or out of the interior, the Coquihalla highway has reopened.
Southbound traffic opened overnight, and a single northbound lane has now been opened as well.
Motorists are being asked to go slowly and drive for the conditions.
Drive BC announced the closure at 9 p.m. Friday night, leaving motorists stranded on the route overnight for the second night in a row.
Drive BC says a number of semi-trucks spun-out which spurred some people on social media to ask why trucks were not being told to chain-up?
While travellers are moving again things are still busy in nearby Merritt.
Mayor Neil Manard says with the stranded people in the city and a hockey tournament, business has been booming and the community is doing what it can to keep up.
“Of course it made Merrit a very busy place with people not being able to go in any direction to get down to the coast, and we’ve had some problems also with both of the connectors, but as far as Merritt’s concerned, you know, we’re okay and we’ve been doing the best we can to accommodate those who could get here for hotels and restaurants and what not.”
He says as for the stranded motorists that were stuck on the Coquihalla, there were big concerns for the elderly and children with no access to facilities.
Southbound lanes re-opened at 4 a.m. Saturday and northbound lanes were expected to be re-opened by 7 a.m., a time that kept getting pushed back much to the chagrin of those waiting in their cars.
Transportation crews with water and food were out again trying to assist stranded motorists.
The highway had just re-opened Friday afternoon after hundreds of people were stranded overnight.
The highway was closed in both directions due to freezing rain and icy conditions.