Updated - Highway 22 has reopened to travel north of Highway 3. Winds remain at a speed that can impact holiday trailers and semis, particularly those with empty trailers. Drivers of these vehicles are encouraged to delay travel until winds have further reduced.

 

Winds measured at 130 km/h has forced the closure of Highway 22 from Highway 533 south to Highway 3.

RCMP in the Crowsnest Pass and Turner Valley say extreme winds in the area has resulted in several vehicles crashing and four semi rollovers.

Winds are reported to be reaching 130km/h in some areas which can result in large vehicles like semi tractor-trailers or holiday trailers being flipped or blow off the road.

In addition, the wind has caused blowing snow and icy conditions.

Highway maintenance crews are on scene and monitoring conditions. The closure is expected to remain in effect until winds die down.

Drivers of large vehicles hauling trailers should consider delaying travel until wind speeds die down.

 

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