It's going to be another windy day across much of Southern Alberta.

A wind warning is in effect again for Friday, January 4, with both the Province and RCMP urging caution and even avoiding heading out on Highway 22 and or Highway 3.

Wayne Wood with Alberta Transportation says winds are making driving dangerous for certain types of vehicles.

"In particular they're advising larger, lightweight commercial and recreation vehicles or even semi-trailer units that happen to be empty and not carrying a load, to stay off the highways if at all possible the next couple of days as well."

With wind speeds reaching 120 kilometres an hour in wind prone areas, Wood says RCMP detachments are setting up checkstops on intersections of Highway 22 and 3 near Lundbreck and the intersection of Highways 2 and 533 near Nanton, especially after a collision occured on Highway 22 on Thursday, January 3.

"It's just not pleasant driving with wind gusts reaching speed of over 100 kilometres an hour, so we'd advise all vehicles that if you don't have to travel, don't. Checkpoints are advising folks that if you don't need to travel, it's best not to, however there is no official road closures."

According to Environment Canada, the wind speeds will likely persist throughout the afternoon of Friday, January 4.

Not a lot better for those looking to head west either.

RCMP have travel advistories out for Banff, Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway north to Jasper.

As well, the Trans-Canada Highway between Yoho National Park and Field is closed, while travel is not recommended on Highway 93 between Castle Junction and Radium.

Avalanche risks are high in both the back country and along highway routes with significant chances of avalanches occuring naturally in those areas.

Check out drivebc.ca for the latest updates,

 

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