With light snow continuing to fall within Airdrie and the surrounding areas, motorists are asked to plan for winter driving conditions.
Roads within Airdrie are partly covered in snow and some intersections may be slippery. Drivers are asked to give themselves extra space and extra time for their morning commute.
The QEII headed Southbound towards Calgary's city limits is partly covered in snow, with blowing and drifting snow and icy sections. Calgary roads are experiencing similar conditions. North of Airdrie, the QEII is reported in similar conditions, while Highway 2A towards Crossfield is covered in snow and ice with drifting and blowing snow.
Motorists are reminded that there will be an abundance of snowplows and other road maintenance vehicles on the road in the coming days Drivers must not pass a snowplow when:
- The view along the side of the snowplow is obstructed
- Passing would impede the operation of the snowplow
- The act of passing cannot be done safely
"Patience is key. Operators will let you pass every 5 to 8 kilometres, or when it is safe to do so," The Government of Alberta states on its website.
Drivers who fail to comply with the new rules could receive a $324 fine and 3 demerits.
The Alberta Motor Association has posted their service wait times, and due to frigid conditions, a call within Airdrie for towing or winching may yield upwards of a five-hour wait time. Battery boost, lockout, flat tire, or fuel delivery is also estimated at a five-hour wait time.
Forecasts are predicting that the snow will continue until early this afternoon, although there is another chance of flurries continuing later today.
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