Icy road conditions make driving dangerous in Edmonton area
A band of snow that is moving through central Alberta today is creating miserable driving conditions for motorists in the Edmonton area.
Despite clearing skies, Morinville RCMP are warning drivers that icy roads are causing poor driving conditions on highways and secondary highways in Sturgeon County.
So far today, RCMP officers in the Morinville area have responded to a number of single-vehicle collisions. Many of these crashes occurred when drivers lost control of their vehicles and slid into the ditch.
Luckily, no injuries have been reported. Morinville RCMP are asking drivers to avoid travel in the area until conditions improve.
Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP are also advising travellers to use extreme caution and to avoid highways west and north of Edmonton if at all possible.
Corporal Colette Zazulak of the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP warns that conditions on Highway 43 north of Highway 16 are near white out conditions and deteriorating.
Sand trucks have been called out to tend to the roadways, but visibility and road conditions are making driving unsafe.
And in Whitecourt, RCMP are presently responding to a four vehicle collision. Doris Stapleton of the RCMP says “Highways in the area are extremely slippery with poor visibility due to snow fall”.
She adds that RCMP are asking drivers to avoid traveling in the Whitecourt area.
Environment Canada is predicting a total of 10 to 15 cms to fall in the central Alberta area by this evening.