Winter Conditions Returned Sunday - RCMP Issued Temporary Travel Advisories
LETHRBIDGE: Proof that winter is not yet over, as a Winter Storm Warning spread across all of Southern Alberta on Sunday. The following is a re-cap of some of the events as they unfolded:
At 6:30-pm Sunday --- RCMP advise Highway 2 North of Fort Macleod
to Calgary is open.
All highways within the area of Fort Macleod are open but a "No travel" advisory
is still advised. Roads are still very slippery and visibility is limited
in some areas. If you decided to go out onto the roads proceed slowly and with
caution. Delays are expected when traveling to the Lethbridge area. Highway 3 at
the Monarch turn off is very slippery.
If you are stranded in your vehicle call 911 and advise of your
location and emergency services will be dispatched to assist you.
If you have
been in an accident police will be dispatched for injuries and to assist with
getting you off the Highway. Vehicles in ditches or that have been in accidents
will not be towed at this time as road conditions are not safe to do so.
At 5:00-pm --- Whoop Up Drive – eastbound and westbound lanes – were re-opened but police
advise the public to drive cautiously.
Highway #3 westbound is still
closed and the RCMP advise that they are closing Hwy #3 westbound from Hwy #25.
At 4:30: --- Nanton Community Centre at corner Hwy-2 south & 17th is now open as an EMERGENCY SHELTER. Emergency Shelters were also set up at the Community Centre in Fort Macleod and the arena in Claresholm.
At 4:10 --- City of Lethbridge suspends Transit Service because of road conditions.
Wet, heavy snow is causing power outages and many flights into and out of
Calgary airport have been cancelled.
From Environment Canada for the Southern Alberta area and regions as far north as Edmonton:
Snow and blowing snow is not expected to end until late Monday
morning. Monitor weather conditions...Listen for
A low pressure center is moving through Southern
Alberta today generating heavy snow and strong northerly winds gusting to 60
km/h. In open areas east of Calgary to Medicine Hat wind gusts as strong as 80
km/h can be expected. The falling snow combined with the strong gusts will
create poor visibilities less than 1 kilometre in snow and blowing
Snowfall amounts of up to 25 cm are possible. A slight risk of
freezing rain also exists with this system prior to the snow. Snow will taper
off from the north ending in Calgary this evening and in Medicine Hat and
Cypress Hills Monday morning.