Alberta Mirror

Monday, January 17, 2022

Freezing rain causes Edmonton-area roadways dangerously slippery


Key takeaways: 

  • RCMP have advised drivers to evade local roads following numerous collisions.
  • RCMP have published a road advisory advising drivers to avoid Edmonton area roadways due to “intensely treacherous driving circumstances.”

The rain in Edmonton caused slippery highways: 

Icy rain falling in communities across Alberta Thursday morning has caused roads and highways in the Edmonton area to be dangerously slippery. 

RCMP have published a road advisory advising drivers to avoid Edmonton-area roads due to “intensely treacherous driving conditions.” Source –

In a statement published soon before 9 a.m. RCMP stated officers were reacting to numerous crashes on Highway 16 east of Edmonton in Strathcona County and west of the city in Parkland County.

Police are also on the scene at multiple crashes north of Edmonton in Sturgeon County including Highway 44, RCMP stated. 

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Edmonton roads dangerously slick due to heavy icy rains in the area

If the journey is essential, drivers should use severe caution and check 511 regularly for road updates, RCMP stated.

Between 6 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 57 crashes were registered to the Edmonton Police Service. The count included two injury crashes, five hit-and-runs and 50 property impairment collisions. 

Edmonton and other communities extending from Whitecourt to Lloydminster are under freezing rain alerts. 

Environment Canada is advising alerts as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become frozen and slick. Periods of freezing rain are predicted to switch over to snow later Thursday morning, Environment Canada stated.

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