Strong winds and blowing snow swept through central and eastern Alberta on Wednesday, stranding motorists and prompting blizzard warnings.
The Grande Prairie and Peace River regionswere hardest hit overnight by the storm, which was expected to drop 10 to 15 centimetres of snow andproduce gusts of about 80 km/h.
AlbertaRCMP reportedseveral 911calls from motoristswho ended up in ditches because of poor visibility.
The Trans-Canada Highway that links Alberta and B.C.was closed Tuesday nightdue to an avalanche on the B.C. side.
The highwaywasclosed at Kicking Horse Pass on Wednesday afternoon, between Field and Golden, but is to reopen at 5 p.m. MT, according to Parks Canada.Highway 93 between Castle Junction and Radiumhad reopened.
Alberta RCMPsaid in themorning that travelwas not recommended on Highway 43 between the B.C. border and the town of Beaverlodge due to near zero visibility. Very poor visibility wasalso a problemon Highway 49 east and west of Spirit River.
"Drive with caution, slow down and be careful out there," said Dwight Rewega, a superintendent with a company that plows roads outside the Capital Region.
"Have some extra clothing in the vehicle in case you drive off into the ditch. Just drive with care andit will clear up here this afternoon. The road conditions aren't icy right now, just poor visibility."
Edmonton received10centimetres of snow and wind gusts of up to 50 km/h, according to Environment Canada. Temperatures were expected to drop to —20 C by the evening.
Some morning flightsweredelayedor cancelled at Edmonton International Airport.