RCMP are warning of longer emergency response times around Highway 2 from Red Deer to Didsbury due to severe weather in southern and central Alberta.

Highway 2 is reduced to one lane of travel in both directions and there is reduced visibility due to blowing snow, as well as snow-covered roads with slippery sections.

Due to those conditions, it will take longer than normal for ambulances and other emergency responders to reach their destinations, say police.

Emergency Medical Services and RCMP are advising drivers in southern and central Alberta to avoid unnecessary travel, particularly in rural areas.