Environment Canada and other sources have noted the Mar 3-4 heavy snow is travelling more slowly than expected, and is expected to arrive in central Alberta Friday, March 2, including an accumulation of 10 to 20 cm of snow by Sunday, Mar. 4, plus a strong easterly wind that could cause drifting and white-out.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the next 72 hours for the Leduc County and Edmonton areas.
The entire area is expected to receive between 10-25 cm of blowing snow between Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning.
The snow will be accompanied by strong easterly winds which will generate reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially along exposed highways. Leduc RCMP- Integrated Municipal Traffic Unit would like to remind people to be prepared for these adverse weather conditions and to stay safe during travel.
Some tips for staying safe on the roads:
1) Don’t go – If the weather is poor, it is better to postpone your trip and wait for the weather to improve.
2) Plan ahead – Decide on your route before you go and choose the safest route possible. Check out Alberta 511 at 511.alberta.ca or dial 511 for up-to-date information on road conditions.
3) Be prepared – Always carry an emergency kit stocked with the essentials you may need should you get stranded, to keep warm, fed, safe and hydrated.
4) Give it time – Leave extra time between appointments to ensure you get to where you need to be on time and without the need to rush.
5) Slow down – If visibility is reduced while driving: slow down, watch for tail lights ahead, and be prepared to stop
6) Lights on – Ensure that your head and tail lights are on and not just your running lights.