Alberta road conditions: Drivers urged to stay off highways

RCMP are warning of poor driving conditions on many highways in southern Alberta, especially near Banff. 

“Banff and Lake Louise Detachments are investigating a number of motor vehicle collisions on Highway 1 between Banff and the B.C. border,” said RCMP in a release.

“Due to poor visibility and deteriorating road conditions travel is not recommended on Highway 1 at this time.”

Travel is not recommended between Banff and the B.C border. Anyone who must travel is being advised to use extreme caution.

Highway 3 in the southwest corner of Alberta has been closed from the B.C. Border to Coleman because of the dangerous conditions. 

There were also multiple collisions on northbound Highway 2 near Highway 27. 

Officials say the highway is at a standstill, with traffic backing up to the Didsbury overpass, and are urging people to stay off the road because of icy conditions.

Road conditions in Calgary are also poor. 

Winter storm, snowfall warnings

Winter storm and snowfall warnings have been issued in several areas in southern Alberta:

“Heavy snow has moved out of the Grand Cache, Jasper and Whitecourt regions this morning and is expected to taper off through the Nordegg area this afternoon and the Banff and Kananaskis regions this evening,” said Environment Canada on its website.

“Snow will become heavier in the southwestern Foothills throughout the day and persist until Saturday afternoon.”

The national weather agency says frigid Arctic air behind the system will drop daytime highs well below normal for the weekend.

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