Province asks Albertans to reconsider travel as winter storm approaches

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
February 7, 2018 - 1:50pm

ALBERTA – With Environment Canada issuing Winter Storm Warnings for most of southern Alberta, the provincial government is advising drivers to prepare for winter conditions and to avoid travel if possible.

As of Wednesday, Feb. 7, afternoon, the weather agency is calling for significant snowfall, with amounts between 25 to 35 cm. In mountain parks and along the foothills, they noted that accumulated snowfall could reach 50 cm.

They also noted that conditions could deteriorate very quickly, which should be considered when travelling.

Based on that information, you’re asked to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

For those still planning on hitting the road, the province issued the following reminders:

  • Check 511 Alberta for real-time road conditions.
  • Speed limits are the intended maximum for ideal summer conditions. Slow down when faced with ice and snow.
  • Activate your headlights so other drivers can see your tail lights.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Have winter or all-weather tires on your vehicle during the winter months.
  • Give snowplows at least 10 metres to work, to help prevent collisions.

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