MEDICINE HAT, AB. - The recent snow fall has created poor road conditions for travellers across southern Alberta.
The county of Forty Mile issued a winter storm alert earlier today as many of their roads were experiencing poor visibility with white conditions.
Staff Sgt. Sean Maxwell with the Redcliff RCMP is asking motorists to stay off the highway unless absolutely necessary.
“We recommend that if somebody doesn't really need to go somewhere today that they just stay home,” he said. “Tonight if the snow stops, life would be a lot better on the highways.”
Maxwell encourages motorists to be prepared in case of an emergency if they are travelling on the highway with poor conditions.
“Please be patient, bring food, water, blankets, let people know when you're leaving,” he said. “Give yourself time.”
Dean Jetten with Volker Stevin said they have had plows out cleaning roads since last night. He urges drivers to be cautious of heavy equipment clearing roadways after 2 plows in Medicine Hat and Brooks were hit by passenger vehicles.
“If there is a white bloom or cloud of dust or snow, back off till you know what is ahead of you, don't try and drive into that blind,” he said.
The Medicine Hat Airport experienced some flight cancellations due to the recent snowfall. Air Canada cancelled all of their flights to and from Calgary today.
Jeff Huntus with the city of Medicine Hat explained despite the cancellations, the runway is open for aircraft.
“Charter flights, potential Medevac flights could come anytime of day,” he said. “We have no notice, we keep our runway available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Huntus said tomorrow’s 5:20 am Air Canada flight is cancelled but all other flights are expected to run as scheduled.
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