Heavy Snowfall Warning for West, Northwest Alberta

An approaching low pressure system will cause snow to fall over portions of western and central Alberta today and tonight.

Grande Prairie, Rocky Mountain House, Hinton, Whitecourt and areas in between are expected to receive up to 20 centimetres of snow over the next 24 hours.

10 to 15 cm of snow is expected, with isolated pockets of 20 cm. See weather warning here.

Drivers in affected parts of the province should consider postponing any unnecessary highway travel.

Alberta Transportation and highway maintenance contractors are mobilizing resources to maintain highways in safe winter driving conditions. Nevertheless, drivers are reminded to prepare for winter conditions, including reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces, and adjust their driving habits accordingly.

Additional information

  • Know before you go – check 511 Alberta for the latest real time road conditions.
  • Drivers should consider postponing non-essential travel.
  • Posted speed limits are the maximum intended for ideal summer conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive for winter conditions.
  • Snow can accumulate quickly and visibility will be reduced.
  • Drivers are encouraged to have winter or all-weather tires on their vehicles.
  • Drivers are reminded to activate headlights so that tail lights are visible to other drivers following behind.
  • Maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
  • All vehicles should have a winter emergency kit during the winter months.
  • Please give snowplows room to work – stay back at least 10 metres to prevent collisions.

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