Tlicho winter roads will close for the season Friday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m.

This means travellers will only have between 10 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday to drive the roads to and from Gameti, Wekweeti and Whati, as the road system is on night travel only. Travellers must also have high clearance vehicles, the Department of Infrastructure notes.

The Tlicho government warns of exposed rock and rough driving at portage entrances on the road to Gameti, and on the road to Wekweeti the approach to Indin Lake is dealing with rough ice.

The Sambaa K’e and Mackenzie Valley winter roads, as well as the Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter roads to the NWT’s diamond mines, have already closed for the season.

The infrastructure department is deterring anyone from driving on closed winter roads, reminding drivers of a hefty fine if they disobey the rules. “It is unsafe and illegal to drive on a closed winter road. The fine for operating on a closed seasonal road is $863.”

Up-to-date road conditions are available here.