Strathmore and Wheatland emergency services personnel are advising motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

With snow continuing to fall and winds being reported between 50 to 60 km/hr visibility is also limited in town and on secondary and main highways. 

A statement issued on the Wheatland EMS social media accounts says. "The current road conditions are resulting in multiple collisions which are taxing EMS and fire department resources. If you must travel, please go very slow when passing emergency crews. We've had close calls today with vehicles losing control on the icy roads while driving past emergency scenes. Let's all do our part to help our first responders go home safely." is showing TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED onHighway one iin both directions from Calgary to the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 51 

We've been hit with strong winds and plenty of snowfall, which has created quite a dangerous start to November on the roads. While driving slower than usual is a great way to stay safe while on the roads, the RCMP added there are several things you should do before you start driving.

One of the most important things you can do is put on winter tires. The extra grip goes a long way in preventing unnecessary risk. The RCMP added even if you do have winter tires, you should check the condition to make sure they're prepared to handle any icy conditions you may face. While you're focused on tires, make sure you double check your spare tire as well.

Other than tires, there are other ways to keep your vehicle as safe as possible. Up to date maintenance is a big one, but there are smaller things you can do which will go a long way toward getting you safely to your destination.

"Please ensure you have filled your windshield washer fluid reservoir with winter-rated fluid to ensure your visibility is the best it can be during storms. Also, ensure that no matter the conditions, you take care to clean your headlights and tail lamps during the journey," wrote the RCMP in an email.

With your car all set to go, you may feel you're ready to go. However, the RCMP says it pays to prepare for any extended delays or stops a storm may force you to take.

"Another good idea is to have a winter travel kit. Some items to think about packing in your vehicle are: Water, blankets, a cell phone charger, a shovel, flashlights, window scrapers/brushes, and booster cables. Alberta often has temperatures dropping well below zero which can cause extreme strain on your battery."

Finally, the RCMP added you should give yourself extra driving time when planning your trip, and let friends or family know your expected time of arrival. If you're taking an extended trip, it's also suggested to consider locations to stop overnight at, in the event your vehicle breaks down, a road is closed, or the conditions are unsafe to keep driving.

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