Avoiding Highway 2 due to poor conditions advised

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Black ice, blowing snow and poor visibility has prompted Alberta RCMP to extend their warning about dangerous driving conditions along Highway 2 throughout central Alberta.

On Saturday, RCMP issued an advisory urging drivers to avoid the stretch of road between Red Deer and Airdrie. Sunday morning, an updated statement noted snowplows and other snow removal equipment are working to keep the road clear but travel is still not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

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Constable Kelsey Davidge with the RCMP said until the roads are cleared and/or until the temperature rises, it’s likely the poor driving conditions along Highway 2 north of Calgary will persist.

“If you don’t need to drive, don’t,” she said. “Continue to monitor 511 and plan accordingly.”

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According to 511 Alberta, a handful of vehicle collisions along Deerfoot Trail Sunday morning made travel cumbersome.

Extreme cold forced the closure of Zoolights Sunday evening, with the zoo hoping to reopen the attraction Monday, weather dependent.

WinSport Canada Olympic Park also issued a closure for Monday to skiers and snowboarders due to extreme cold and closed their tube park Sunday, after opening for the season on Saturday.

Periods of light snow are expected to continue in the city of Calgary throughout the day Sunday, turning into a 60 per cent chance of flurries and a low of -24 C in the evening. The snow is forecasted to clear by Monday, when a high of -22 C and overnight low of -29 C is expected.

ocondon@postmedia.com

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