Citing a “long duration” of heavy snowfall that is expected to intensify Friday evening and continue through until Saturday evening, Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for both Banff and Jasper National Park.
The storm warning applies to the following:
- Highway 93 North – Jasper to Saskatchewan River Crossing
- Highway 93 South – Lake Louise to Saskatchewan River Crossing
The agency also said “hazardous conditions” are occurring along the Icefields Parkway.
“Total snowfall amounts will be between 30 and 50 cm, with locally upwards of 70 cm possible,” the agency said. “Strong winds will accompany the snow, which will cause reduced visibility in blowing snow at times, especially over exposed areas.”
Along with its forecast , Environment Canada is also advising people to “consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.”
Those who must travel are advised to “prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.” Road closures are also possible.
The warning comes following a weather forecast for Calgary that includes a mix of rain and snow this weekend.