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Winter snowfall warning issued for Banff, Lake Louise

Vehicles are stuck and blocking the westbound ramp of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise
Lake Louise RCMP
Lake Louise RCMP detachment. GREG COLGAN RMO PHOTO

LAKE LOUISE – Drivers are being warned of poor driving conditions in Lake Louise and to avoid any unnecessary travel as a winter snowfall warning has been issued.

There is also an alert in place for Highway 93 North between Lake Louise and Jasper, with hazardous winter conditions expected.

"Heavy snow with total amounts of 25 to 30 cm is expected," states Environment Canada.

"Heavy snow will begin today with total amounts of 25 to 30 cm expected to fall by late Thursday morning. Snowfall totals will be highest over southern portions of the Icefields Parkway, and near Lake Louise."

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow and drivers are asked to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions," says Environment Canada.

"Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight."

Drivers are asked to continue monitoring alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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