A motorist climbs into a tow truck as the operator readies to winch the man's car from the Hwy 2 southbound west ditch south of Hwy 42 Thursday morning. RCMP weren't recommending travel due to blowing snow

A motorist climbs into a tow truck as the operator readies to winch the man's car from the Hwy 2 southbound west ditch south of Hwy 42 Thursday morning. RCMP weren't recommending travel due to blowing snow

RCMP issue travel warnings across Central Alberta

Travel is not recommended during Central Alberta’s first spring snowstorm.

Travel is not recommended during Central Alberta’s first spring snowstorm.

At 7 a.m., RCMP Innisfail Integrated Traffic Services put out the warning because of blowing snow and reduced visibility on Hwy 2 between Red Deer to Didsbury.

Red Deer Rural Cpl. Barry LaRocque also recommended that if people don’t have to drive, don’t bother getting on the roads.

“The roads are in terrible driving condition right now and we anticipate it to be that way throughout the day and likely into tomorrow as well,” LaRocque said on Thursday morning.

“Luckily, we didn’t get too much of the freezing rain last night. It’s just with the accumulation and the friction heat on the roads, it’s turning into ice.”

Multiple collisions have happened on Hwy 2. Some ambulances were called out, but there were no serious injuries, he said.

“When we have emergency crews on the road be cautious and slow down because a lot of times we’re getting an collision happening and then we get a secondary one because people aren’t paying attention and coming up on it too quickly.”

LaRocque said police have the same old message — drive to conditions.

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