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Heavy Snowfall Hits RMWB Creating Poor Driving Conditions

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

The heavy snowfall continues to affect travel on area roads.

According to Alberta 511, much of Highway 63 north and south of Fort McMurray is ice and snow covered with poor visibility. The province isn’t recommending travel, unless necessary, south of Mariana Lake.

It also remains slow going within city limits. On Twitter, the RMWB says they have all available equipment out on the roads today and snow plowing is underway on their primary and secondary routes.

Meanwhile, Wood Buffalo RCMP are still advising semi-trucks traveling up Beacon Hill to chain up as trucks have been jackknifing.

Like there was during the morning commute, there are some school bus delays this afternoon. To see if your child’s bus is running behind schedule you can visit myschoolbusmonitor.ca.

The inclement weather is also affecting planned events for this evening. The Fort McMurray Catholic Schools has canceled Parent Teacher Interviews and Student-Led Conferences that were scheduled for tonight. The FMCSD says each individual school will reschedule their evenings in the near future.

The RMWB still remains under a snowfall warning.

Environment Canada Warning Preparedness Meteorologist John Cragg tells Mix News we have received over 20 cm of snow today with another 2 to 4 cm expected tonight.

Cragg says the heaviest snow will end late this evening.

He adds the largest snowfall on record in a 24-hour period for Fort McMurray is 29 cm back on March 16, 1951, with the second largest being 27.9 cm on September 22, 1972.

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