Winter returned to Drumheller and area with a vengeance last night and this morning.

Two to four centimetres of snow has fallen on much of the area and there is ice underneath from freezing rain that fell last night.

"I just want to remind people to stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary in weather like this," pleaded RCMP Corporal Gerald Sherk of the Drumheller Detachment. "We do have a layer of ice underneath the snow and pretty much all of the hills in the valley are turning out to be quite treacherous. As they get cleared up by service workers, things will be a little bit better this afternoon, but for the time being, people really need to keep travel down to a necessity."

"We got large trucks that are having trouble getting up, even the North and South Hills here in town," he added. "It's going to take a bit for service workers to get the roads clear and whatnot, but in the meantime we don't want to see anyone hurt or killed in bad weather like this."

At least one highway accident was reported this morning north of Drumheller as a vehicle rolled about a kilometre north of the Munson turnoff on Highway 9. There's no word on injuries.

"Take their time, use caution, make sure they're using really safe practices out there," advised Sherk. "It's simple mistakes like this that will put someone off the road or into traffic."

MVANorth (1)This is what Highway 9 north of Drumheller looks like this morning.

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