A winter storm in December 2016 resulted in multiple vehicles in the ditch, including this one, which crashed into the trees near Lac des Arcs.
RMO FILE PHOTO
Canmore RCMP are cautioning drivers to not drive the Trans-Canada Highway to the east of the community due to winter driving conditions.
Cpl. Sabrina Clayton said Tuesday (Dec. 19) afternoon the road conditions are deteriorating quickly.
“The heavy accumulation of snow and the wind has caused lots of black ice between Dead Man’s Flats and Lac des Arcs … there are multiple vehicles in the ditch,” Clayton said.
She said RCMP officers have been responding to calls of vehicles in the ditch up to the 1X Highway and it is increasingly worse as you travel eastbound.
As well, Clayton expressed concern that drivers are going to fast for the road conditions and not stopping for emergency vehicles.
“At this point we are down to one drivable lane,” she said. “If you don’t have to travel, don’t.”
There is a winter storm warning in effect for Kananaskis and Canmore areas last updated by Environment Canada 10:15 a.m.
It includes the Kananaskis Improvement District, the MD of Bighorn near Exshaw and Canmore and hazardous winter conditions are expected.
A Pacific low-pressure system is brining heavy snow to southwestern Alberta and heavy snowfall is expected to continue until Wednesday (Dec. 20), with total accumulation of 25 to 40 centimetres likely.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Alberta 511 was reporting partly covered, snow packed conditions on the highway from Field to Banff.