Another winter storm, another busy week for snowplow operators in the Drumheller area.

On Friday, Dec. 15, freezing rain caused slick roads and sidewalks around Drumheller, resulting in multiple vehicular accidents and countless more slip and fall injuries.

Wayne Wood is with Alberta Transportation in Edmonton. He said snowplow operators are doing their very best, despite criticisms on social media.

"They're out there doing a job and they're trying to make the roads safe for you to drive on and we just ask that people do their part to get the job done efficiently. Another important thing to consider too is: in the middle of a snow storm, they're going to be out there plowing roads, but is it's still snowing, snow is still going to accumulate after they go by."

Wood explained that the team is always prepared for a storm.

"Snowplow operators are geared up, they're all ready to go. And, at the first onslaught of a snow storm they're out there doing their best making sure the roads are clear and hoping that motorists can do their best to make sure [the snowplow operators] can do their job."

Part of making sure snowplow operators can work efficiently includes not trying to pass them. Although snowplows max out between 30 and 50 kilometres an hour, Wood said drivers should stay patient.

"Don't try to pass a snowplow on the roadway -- they're kicking up a lot of snow and dust and the visibility while trying to pass a snowplow can be next to zero. They will pull over about every five to eight kilometres when it's safe for them to do so to allow traffic that's backed up behind them to get past them and continue on their way."

Snow is forecast again for Dec. 17, welcome news for everyone hoping for a white Christmas.

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