Snow causes treacherous driving conditions on Alberta roadways

Snow causes treacherous driving conditions on Alberta roadways

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5:16 PM – Snow has made a mess of roadways in parts of Alberta, virtually closing the QEII Highway near Red Deer. The RCMP is advising against unnecessary travel.

A series of weather advisories covered central and southern portions of the province Thursday afternoon — covering everything from winter storm to snowfall to wind. Freezing drizzle watches were also issued by Environment Canada.

Up to 50 cm of snow is expected in most areas, but communities that fall under winter storm warnings could see up to 75 cm accumulate by Saturday.

Poor visibility was reported across the province, prompting the RCMP to issue a rare travel advisory.

EXTENDED ACTIVE WEATHER COVERAGE: Tune into The Weather Network on TV for additional coverage on this storm.

“RCMP advise that [highways] are in very poor condition across the province,” Alberta 511 tweeted. “Please avoid travel unless … necessary.”

Officers say they were “overwhelmed” by several serious collisions on the QEII in the Red Deer area.

One officer was struck and injured by a semi-truck while attending to one of the crashes.

He was rushed to hospital.

In a separate collision, a tractor trailer rolled over and began leaking fuel onto the road. 

Photograph of major crash in Alberta Thursday. Courtesy: Holly Daury/Facebook

The conditions making a mess of roadways are courtesy of a Pacific weather system that moved into western Alberta Wednesday evening.

“Snow will begin to taper off from the north on Friday and will exit southern areas on Saturday,” Environment Canada says in a statement.

“Areas expected to be hardest-hit include Grande Cache and the Icefields Parkways, as well as far as southwestern Alberta including Pincher Creek.”


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