Snow, freezing rain causes poor driving conditions

Freezing rain, poor visibility and icy roads caused dangerous driving conditions on the highways on Thursday. Police reported multiple rollovers and minor collisions including a rollover near Gasoline Alley along Hwy 2 and between Red Deer and Lacombe.

Freezing rain, poor visibility and icy roads caused dangerous driving conditions on the highways on Thursday.

Police reported multiple rollovers and minor collisions including a rollover near Gasoline Alley along Hwy 2 and between Red Deer and Lacombe.

Roads were partly covered with snow and ice near Innisfail, Penhold, and Blackfalds.

Areas to the north and east of Red Deer felt the brunt of the seasonal conditions with snowfall warnings issued throughout the day. Red Deer was expected to received between 2 cm to 4 cm on Thursday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bill McMurtry said the snow was expected to taper off in the early afternoon in Red Deer but could develop later in the day or early evening. The city could see about 5cm of snow overnight.

“Then we’re dealing with a somewhat seasonal or slightly seasonal air mass over the area and a little instability as we get to the end of the weekend into early next week,” said McMurtry. “We could see a little more snow. There is a lot of weather happening in the province right now but most of it is north or east of the Red Deer area.”

Heavy snow was expected in the northwest of the province with some locations expected to get between 10 to 20 cms.

Temperatures of daytime highs of -10C on Friday and -8C on Saturday and -9C on Sunday are expected. The temperature is expected to dip to -17C overnight on Friday. Cloudy conditions will continue throughout the weekend.