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RCMP advise against highway travel after winter storm hits Bow Valley

RCMP detachments in the Bow Valley are warning against travel on the region's highways after a winter storm dumped snow overnight Monday (Dec. 21).
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Mark Trofinuk clears snow from the sidewalk at the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue in downtown Canmore on Tuesday (Dec. 22). More than 30 cm of snow fell between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning with more snowfall expected. EVAN BUHLER RMO PHOTO

BOW VALLEY – RCMP detachments in the Bow Valley are warning against travel on the region's highways after a winter storm dumped snow overnight Monday (Dec. 21). 

The Canmore RCMP issued a travel advisory Tuesday morning (Dec. 22) recommending against non-essential travel on the Trans-Canada Highway from the 1X to the east gates to Banff National Park. 

The advisory stated that crews are working on clearing the highway, but there is drifting snow and "road conditions are poor with single-lane traffic in both directions," while on and off ramps are slippery. 

"Travel is not recommended at this time," wrote media relations officer Cp. Tammy Keibel. 

RCMP in Kananaskis Country also issued a warning Tuesday morning to avoid travel on Highway 40. 

"Road conditions are extremely poor due to accumulating snow and poor visibility," wrote Cpl. Laurel Scott. "Please stay safe, and avoid travel in the area."

Go to  511 Alberta for up-to-date road conditions.