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Winter storm wreaks havoc on Sea to Sky Highway

WATCH: This was not the day to be heading out on BC roads. The first major winter storm of the year swept through many parts of the province. Jeremy Hunka reports.

A winter storm battering much of British Columbia is causing plenty of traffic mayhem on the Sea to Sky Highway today.

People have been reporting delays on the highway all day, specifically the area between Squamish and north of Whistler. Traffic is currently at a standstill at Cheakamus Canyon.

GALLERY: Photos from the Sea to Sky Highway today

Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Jeremy Hunka/Global News
Traffic in Whistler at Highway 99 and Village Gate Boulevard at 4:20 p.m. today
Traffic in Whistler at Highway 99 and Village Gate Boulevard at 4:20 p.m. today DriveBC
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Jeremy Hunka/Global News
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Jeremy Hunka/Global News
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Jeremy Hunka/Global News
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Global News/File Image
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Jeremy Hunka/Global News
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Courtesy Sarah Morden
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015.
Scenes from the Sea to Sky Highway on January 4, 2015. Jeremy Hunka/Global News

There were no reports of any serious injuries on the highway during the day and Squamish RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Cumming is hopeful that continues into the night.

“It’s really critical that everybody on the road is driving with proper winter tires and they’re driving to the conditions that are present,” he said.

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“Slow down, be careful, and if it’s possible to forego travelling until tomorrow, that wouldn’t be a bad idea.”

It’s one of many places in the province where winter storms caused significant traffic delays.

READ MORE: Highway 1 closed after second crash near Sicamous

The storm has brought wet snow to higher elevations in Metro Vancouver, as well as the Fraser Valley, and is expected to dump more than 50 millimetres of rain on the region through Monday.

Environment Canada says as much as 35 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the Okanagan.

The Ministry of Transportation’s DriveBC website is warning of slush and slippery roads across the province and advises drivers that a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke would be closed on Monday for avalanche control.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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