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Blowing snow forcing highway closures in the south

Multi-vehicle collisions are slowing traffic and causing frequent highway closures from the Trans-Canada Highway south. 

Hwy congestion

Traffic along Highway 1 eastbound near Bassano on Feb. 14, 2018.

Frequent highway closures in southern Alberta to clear multi-vehicle collisions are causing severe congestion in some areas as traffic backs up. 

Although the closures typically last only a few hours, Albertans who do not need to drive today in southern Alberta are advised to stay home.

Those people who must drive are advised 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.
  • 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.

Media inquiries

Government of Alberta