Slow commutes in Calgary as snowfall impedes traffic

Chris McGeachy, spokesperson for the city's roads department, says crews made progress along the major routes in Calgary last night, and throughout the day will be focused on clearing the city's busiest roads. (Mike Symington/CBC/511 Alberta - image credit)
Chris McGeachy, spokesperson for the city's roads department, says crews made progress along the major routes in Calgary last night, and throughout the day will be focused on clearing the city's busiest roads. (Mike Symington/CBC/511 Alberta - image credit)

As snow continues to fall on the city, Calgary roads crews are focusing their efforts on keeping priority routes moving.

Chris McGeachy, spokesperson for the city's roads department, says there are potential traction issues along side streets and advised Calgarians to leave plenty of time for their commutes.

"This is the first snowfall. The road temperatures have dropped significantly. So be quite careful when you're headed out on the road today," he said.

From midnight to 11:30 a.m., Calgary police were called out to 125 crashes, including nine injury collisions and 13 hit and runs.

Mike Symington/CBC
Mike Symington/CBC

Snowfall of up to 20 centimetres is in the forecast for Calgary on Wednesday, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Over mountainous areas, there is the potential for more than 30 centimetres.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are urged to be cautious when heading out, as some surfaces are slippery.

The city said it doesn't anticipate the need to call a snow route parking ban at this time.

Snowfall warnings in place for several regions

As of noon on Wednesday, Environment Canada weather alerts were in place for several regions across the southern part of the province. Snowfall warnings are in effect for:

  • Airdrie - Cochrane - Olds - Sundre.

  • Brooks - Strathmore - Vulcan.

  • Cardston - Fort Macleod - Magrath.

  • City of Calgary.

  • Crowsnest Pass - Pincher Creek - Waterton Lakes National Park.

  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park - Foremost.

  • Drayton Valley - Devon - Rimbey - Pigeon Lake.

  • Drumheller - Three Hills.

  • Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville - Redwater - Smoky Lake.

  • Hanna - Coronation - Oyen.

  • Kananaskis - Canmore.

  • Leduc - Camrose - Wetaskiwin - Tofield.

  • Lethbridge - Taber - Milk River.

  • Lloydminster - Wainwright - Vermilion - Provost.

  • Medicine Hat - Bow Island - Suffield.

  • Okotoks - High River - Claresholm.

  • Red Deer - Ponoka - Innisfail - Stettler.