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Spring melt may cause closures on Icefields Parkway and Maligne Road

There may be potential closures on the Icefields Parkway and Maligne Road due to spring avalanche conditions. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: The Icefields Parkway from Parker Ridge to Saskatchewan Crossing and Maligne Road at Watchtower are closed due to increased avalanche risk and control work. The anticipated reopening is late evening on Tuesday, March 29. Temporary closu ...

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Icefields Parkway may have temporary closures

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway may be closed between Parker Ridge and Saskatchewan Crossing south of the Jasper townsite for periods of two-to-six hours beginning 11 a.m. on Tuesday. These temporary closures should be completed by 5 p.m., but control work may be postponed to Wednesday depending on the weather. A winter storm is forecasted to hit Jasper National Park starting Monday ...

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Possible rolling closures for Icefields Parkway this Friday

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway could see rolling closures between Parker Ridge and Saskatchewan Crossing on Friday, March 3, starting 10 a.m. with delays of up to two hours. Parks Canada warned that early spring conditions can now be expected for the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) south of the Jasper townsite and Maligne Lake Road. "This typically means localized, intense snowfall ...

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Icefields Parkway delays and spot closures anticipated for avalanche control

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada will be conducting avalanche control work on Wednesday, Feb. 23, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) south of Jasper. Rolling closures will be in effect at Parker Ridge and delays may last up to two hours. This comes after significant snowfalls over the past several days. Parks Canada says avalanche control work reduces the likeliho ...

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Expert speaks on avalanches as warning issued for Jasper

A highway operations plow and helicopter used in an avalanche scenario in 2018. | Parks Canada photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Avalanches are part of life in the mountains, and a Parks Canada team monitors conditions daily to be as prepared as possible when road closures are issued. Rupert Wedgwood, visitor safety supervisor with Parks Canada and ...

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Avalanche warning issued for Jasper, Icefield Parkway closed

Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada, is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users across numerous forecast regions in British Columbia and Alberta. Pictured, a map of the affected regions. | Avalanche Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca A special public avalanche warning has been issued for recreational backcountry users in Jasper, while the Ice ...

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Maligne Lake Road closed for avalanche control, snow removal

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Maligne Lake Road is closed just past Maligne Canyon for avalanche control and extensive snow removal and will likely remain closed until Thursday. Access to the Maligne Canyon day-use area and Maligne Hostel remains open. The closure will allow crews to deal with more than 35 centimetres of accumulation that has accumulated over the past couple of days. Following avalanch ...

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Icefields Parkway may close for avalanche control on Thursday

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: Parks Canada has now closed the highway from Athabasca Falls to Saskatchewan River Crossing due to evaluated avalanche risk. The highway is not expected to reopen until the evening of Friday, December 24, 2021 at the earliest to allow avalanche control work to take place tomorrow. The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) could be closed for avalanche control as early as ...

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Icefields Parkway closed until Friday

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) will be closed to motorists between Athabasca Falls and Saskatchewan River Crossing beginning Tuesday at 3 p.m. until Friday at 4 p.m. As much as much as 70 centimeters of snow is forecasted to fall from Tuesday to Friday. The significant snowfall is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, blowing and drifting snow. Parks Canada says ...

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Icefields Parkway closes south of townsite

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: Parks Canada plow crews and visitor safety staff continue to work on re-opening the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Saskatchewan Crossing. However, challenging snow conditions have resulted in the opening being delayed. The Icefields Parkway is now expected to re-open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Parks Canada has closed the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) south ...

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