RCMP has confirmed that there was a fatality as a result of a multi-vehicle collision that occurred heading Southbound on the QEII near Highway 27, east of Olds, earlier on Friday morning.

Just before 5 p.m., there were reports that the Southbound lanes of the QEII were re-opened. The highway was closed for the better part of Friday, with traffic being re-directed via Highway 2A. However, Mounties have warned against travel north of Airdrie through to Red Deer due to treacherous road conditions.

A towing advisory was announced earlier in the day.

Although the Northbound lanes were opened before noon, police were asking motorists to avoid all non-essential travel.

Due to a Thursday snowfall coupled with freezing fog on Friday morning, roads north of Airdrie were treacherous. RCMP previously advised that the stretch of highway from Airdrie through to Red Deer was in very poor condition, asking motorists not to travel if it wasn't necessary.

The QEII North of Airdrie after Crossfield, continues to be slippery, with reports of fog, icy sections, black ice, and icy wheel paths. Heading Southbound towards Calgary, visibility is described as poor, with icy sections and ice.

While the fog advisory has been lifted by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), there is more fog forecasted to occur later this evening, which may make for very poor driving conditions. 

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