October 28th, 2020

Blowing snow plays havoc with roads

By Mabell, Dave on December 3, 2019.

Coalhurst firefighters toss the spilled contents of a cargo truck after it lost control and ended up on its side in the median Monday morning along Highway 3 between Coalhurst and Lethbridge. Warming windy weather created challenging driving conditions throughout the area with slippery sections and drifting snow. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Officially, many Lethbridge-area roads and highways were reported Monday as bare and possibly dry.

But don’t tell that to drivers who faced fierce winds and drifting snow in many areas through the day.

Westerlies were predicted to peak at close to 90 km/h in the Fort Macleod, Cardston and Magrath areas Monday, and past 100 km/h around Waterton Park, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass,

But warnings of drifting snow and reduced visibility extended as far east as Highway 36 south of Taber.

Across the region, temperatures were hovering near zero much of the day. And several early morning collisions were reported west of the city on Highway 3 before sunny skies pushed the thermometer close to 5C in Lethbridge.

Thanks to snow plowing and removal over the weekend, many of the city’s arteries were snow-free but wet on Monday. Temperatures were forecast to drop to freezing levels overnight, however, potentially leading to more incidents in the morning.

South of the city, the 511 Alberta road report service showed Highway 5 was partly covered by snow or ice Monday all the way to Waterton, Highway 4 in similar condition south of Warner along with Highway 61 east of Wrentham.

Closer to the Rockies, Highway 3 was partly snow-covered from about Brocket to Burmis, while Highway 22 north from Lundbreck was partly snow-covered Monday most of the way to Black Diamond.

Today and Wednesday, warmer afternoons could bring better driving conditions to southern Alberta routes.

Under sunny skies, daytime highs are predicted to reach 9C today, Wednesday and Friday. But cold air will soon return, with expected daytime highs of 3C in Lethbridge on Thursday and -2C on Saturday.

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