Chinook Wind; Blowing Snow Causes Travel Chaos Across Southwest Alberta Friday

The traffic circle in Pincher Creek Friday afternoon at the height of the extreme wind. Zero visibility. Photo credit to Jennifer Daigle on Facebook

Wind gusting to between 90-100 km/h Friday afternoon resulted in blowing snow, zero visibility, several road closures and crashes right across southwest Alberta.

It was a wild day Friday. Once again, southern Alberta wind causing treacherous conditions on area highways. Strong wind, clocked at between 90-100 km/h for several hours resulting in a nightmare for many travellers. Highway 3 was closed from Fort Macleod all the way to Coleman due to extreme winter driving conditions including blowing snow and zero visibility. That stretch of road was shut down for nearly 15 hours and finally re-opened to travel in both directions around 7:30 am Saturday (Feb. 24). Highway 3 west of Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass was also closed for a period of time Friday due to a vehicle crash while Highway 6 had to be closed from Pincher Station to Pincher Creek. Also out that way, Highways 5 and 6 around Waterton Lakes National Park were closed to intense winter weather. There were also several vehicles in the ditch on Highway 3 between Lethbridge and Coaldale, causing even further traffic chaos on a Friday. In Lethbridge, the City closed 30th Street West for a while between Whoop Up Drive and Aquitania Boulevard West due to heavy snow drifting. The city says snow crews are responding to clear heavy drifts in areas around Lethbridge. - Pat Siedlecki & Tina Giesbrecht

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