People built snowmen, spent night in vehicles after more major delays on Highway 93

Snow continues to pelt an area of Highway 93 between Banff and Radium, B.C., severely affecting traffic after cars began piling up Sunday evening, causing some people to spend the day — or night — in their vehicles. 

A portion of Highway 93 going south was closed at Highway 1 near Castle Junction “due to a road obstruction,” but Drive B.C. reported late Monday morning that it has reopened.

511 Alberta had reported that a jackknifed semi-trailer had closed down one lane of Highway 93 south.

It’s not the first time this month motorists have been stuck in their vehicles on that stretch of highway. Police are urging caution as winter weather is expected to get worse in the weeks ahead, and with construction detours in place until Dec. 1.

On Sunday evening, Banff RCMP said they were responding to a multi-vehicle collision in that area.

One motorist spotted several other stuck travellers who were building snowmen during the traffic jam. (Submitted by Natalie Ruhl)

CBC News spoke with several people who had their travel significantly delayed because of these conditions. Many people on Twitter also say they were unable to connect with family members stuck on the highway due to poor cellphone service.

Banff RCMP confirmed that the affected area has no cell service. They say RCMP remain on scene and have received no injury reports.

Meanwhile, southern B.C. is also being affected by mudslides and flooding further west that has also trapped travellers in their vehicles.

Weather warnings blanket Alberta

RCMP are warning of extreme road conditions across Banff National Park, and are asking people to stay off the roads.

Environment Canada has issued multiple weather warnings for parts of Alberta, including a winter storm warning for areas along Highway 93. 

There is also a winter storm warning for Kootenay National Park and Yoho National Park.

Environment Canada says heavy snowfall will continue throughout the day in parts of the parks, including along the Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Pass.

There is a snowfall warning for Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country today, and valley areas could get up to five centimetres before the snow turns to rain.

Environment Canada forecasts snow will fall through the night and turn into flurries, and gusty winds will continue this afternoon until Tuesday morning.

Albertans can monitor forecasts and alerts on the Environment Canada website. To report severe weather, you can email Environment Canada at ABstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet using the hashtag #ABStorm.

Communities across the province are bracing for snow as a wintry storm hits Monday. (Environment Canada)

With files from Colleen Underwood, Dave White and the Calgary Eyeopener

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