LETHBRIDGE: Monday 'buzz' words included "advised, recommended and caution". Needless to
say, every element of weather and driving conditions were upper-most on
The south-west region is expected to receive up to 15-centimetres more snow Tuesday night and north-west winds gusting to 80-kmph will continue to make conditions treacherous.
By 3:30 Monday afternoon, the City Transportation Department dropped the
speed limit on Whoop-Up Drive to 50-kilometres per hour. Operations Manager Lee
Perkins, says the last time they did this was in late October of last year, the
speed limit was reduced there as well. Perkins notes, "The feeling is, lower the
speed and, hopefully, there will be no accidents but if there are, at least
people will be travelling at a lower speed".
The reduced speed on Whoop-Up will continue until further notice.
For most of Monday, Perkins explained that city road crews were busy working
to keep "Priority One" routes passable - that includes Scenic Drive, Mayor
Magrath Drive, Whoop-Up and University Drive. Crews were expected to repeatedly
return to those areas over the next 24-hours and again Tuesday morning.
Perkins also says, "If you are in the vicinity of plows and sand trucks,
please do NOT pass these vehicles. They need room to work and under normal
circumstances they can not see you coming, due to the snow spray off the plows.
Just use extreme caution".
Although Hgihway-3 through the Crowsnest Pass was closed at 9:30 Monday
morning, the gate at Coleman was re-opened just after 3:00-pm. However,
conditions remained poor and driving that stretch of road is still not
recommended. If drivers do head out to that area, they are cautioned to slow
down and watch for icy sections, as well as wild life and sanding crews.
RCMP around the south-west region are advising you NOT to travel right now as
blowing snow has severely reduced visibility.
The County of Lethbridge also asks residents to avoid travel if possible.
High winds are creating snow drifts in spots on County roads and in many
hamlets. County crews will be out in Tuesday morning clearing roadways, starting
with arterial roads and school bus routes.