As heavy snow blankets Airdrie, with local forecasts predicting two centimetres of accumulation, motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions.

Highways in and around Airdrie may be slick as the snow continues to fall. The QEII southbound towards Calgary city limits is reported as having deteriorating visibility. North of Airdrie, similar conditions have been reported, with the possibility of blowing snow.

Alberta RCMP has also reminded drivers to drive to road conditions if they are travelling this long weekend.

"The Alberta RCMP are expecting to see an increase in motorists using the roads and highways over this long weekend and remind drivers of the following safety tips to help reduce your risks while on the roadways: Scrape all the ice off your windows before driving and always wear a seatbelt when in a vehicle, and ensure it is securely fastened before the vehicle is in motion."

Other reminders include slowing down on icy or snowy roads and being prepared for anything: consider stocking your vehicle with extra warm clothes, matches, non-perishable snacks, a snow shovel, traction mats, booster cables and a tow rope or chain.

Mounties are also cautioning motorists that if you become stranded on the highway, do not leave your vehicle.

"Turn on your vehicle periodically to warm up, but try to conserve fuel. Make sure your tailpipe remains clear of ice and snow.

The heavy snow is set to taper off late in the evening. 

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