A freezing rain warning resulted in a slippery drive for commuters in Edmonton on Thursday.
Environment Canada issued the warning just after 5 a.m. for the city, as well as several surrounding areas stretching from the Spruce Grove area in the east to the Saskatchewan border.
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Roads, highways, driveways and parking lots quickly became icy and slippery.
Several accidents have already been reported in the city as early as 6.30am.
The Edmonton Police Department said that between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., 30 collisions were reported to Edmonton Police. Of these, 26 involved property damage, three were hit and run collisions, and one involved personal injury.
In a press release issued at around 8:40 a.m., the RCMP advised drivers to avoid highways in the Edmonton area as freezing rain resulted in extremely dangerous driving conditions.
The RCMP were grappling with multiple collisions on Highway 16 east of Edmonton in Strathcona County, as well as west of the city in Parkland County.
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They were also at the scene of multiple collisions north of Edmonton in Sturgeon County, including along Highway 44.
“The RCMP advise if a trip is absolutely necessary, motorists should use extreme caution and regularly check 511 for road updates.”
Slippery sidewalks can be dangerous for pedestrians trying to walk.
Alberta Health Services say thousands of people are sent to hospital each year due to bad slips and falls from slippery sidewalks.
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AHS encouraged people to “walk like a penguin” when sidewalks are slippery by widening their stance, using their arms for balance, and dragging alongside a penguin.
Slippery streets, sidewalks in Edmonton amid a freezing rain warning
The rain is expected to change to snow later Thursday, Environment Canada said.
This is the third freezing rain warning that Alberta’s capital region has faced in recent weeks.
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