A spring snow storm made driving in and around Calgary difficult on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
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Alberta Transportation has issued an alert about dangerous highway conditions due to a snowstorm affecting Calgary and surrounding areas.“Severe winter weather conditions in Southern Alberta are impacting local and provincial roadways,” the alert, issued just after 8 p.m., states.“Heavy snow, icy conditions and strong winds causing blowing snow are creating dangerous driving conditions. Area highways and roads may be closed without notice.”Emergency crews responded to a bus rollover that happened on Highway 1, about 20 km west of Calgary, around 6 p.m.“No fatalities have been reported at this time and 15 occupants were on board,” RCMP said in a news release at 8:30 p.m. “Further details will be provided with an update when they are available.”Calgary police are urging residents to avoid travel due to road conditions. Police say that due to the intensity of the storm, the roads and visibility throughout the city “are very poor.”RCMP are also advising motorists to stay off the roads due to highway conditions.“Multiple RCMP detachments have reported collisions in the Southern Alberta area including Beiseker, Cochrane, Airdrie and surrounding areas,” RCMP said in a news release.“Zero visibility and blowing snow is being reported on multiple highways including Highway 2 corridors. Travel is not recommended at this time and police are asking anyone who is out on the roads to slow down and drive to conditions.”Alberta Transportation said in a news release Saturday night that severe weather conditions and multiple collisions are affecting highways across southern Alberta.Highway closures as of about 10 p.m. include the TransCanada Highway between city limits and Gleichen and Highway 21 between Highway 9 and Highway 575.“RCMP are strongly advising against travel in these areas due to whiteout conditions and multiple vehicle collisions,” Alberta Transportation said. “Highway maintenance crews are working to clear the roads.“Motorists should monitor 511 Alberta for the latest road condition information. Any stranded motorists should shelter in place until emergency responders arrive. In case of emergency motorists should call 911.”Calgary airport spokesman Reid Fiest said the intensity of the storm is affecting departures and arrivals as crews work to clear runways.“Our first priority is always safety, and that means some aircraft have been delayed,” Fiest said.“Some incoming flights have been diverted to Edmonton International Airport and we thank them for their assistance. The airlines have also have faced challenges in de-icing aircraft, because of the falling snow. We recommend guests check with their airline regarding updated flight times and any cancellations.”Calgary and surrounding areas are under a snowfall warning. Environment Canada is expecting total snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm, with higher amounts near 30 cm possible along the foothills.“Heavy snow will taper off overnight and into Sunday morning,” the warning states.Be sure to check current flight ✈️ times with your airline. Winter weather and reduced visibility is impacting some flights. Thank you @yvrairport for assisting for us. The safety of our guests and employees are the priority. #ABstorm— YYC (@FlyYYC) April 28, 2019Traffic flow has been disrupted in the area of Beiseker, Cochrane, and Airdrie due to poor weather and road conditions. Weather is causing poor visibility and slippery conditions. Travel is not recommended.— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) April 28, 2019PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTBe advised due to the intensity of the storm passing through, the roads and visibility throughout the city are very poor. Drive safely.— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) April 28, 2019Hey #CTRiders we’re working to get you to the your destination safely. Please remember to dress warm and walk slowly to avoid trips, slips and falls.— Calgary Transit (@calgarytransit) April 28, 2019