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Wintery blast causes problems on local roads

Last Updated Jan 18, 2019 at 10:35 am MDT

(Tom Ross - 660NEWS)
Summary

The temperature is expected to rise into the weekend

Calgary Police reported only 16 crashes from midnight to 8:00 am Friday

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It is no longer the holidays, but the weather outside is still frightful.

The latest wintery blast is still having effects on much of Alberta.

Drivers are being asked to take your time on the roads.

Acting Staff Sgt Andrew Macleod said there are a few things you can do to prepare for what could be a rough commute.

“Leave a little bit early and leave yourself lots of space in between vehicles. That is the main cause of accidents on days like today, where people are not giving themselves enough room to stop.”

One woman suffered serious injuries as a result of a crash on Macleod Trail and Shawnessy Blvd.

Chris McGeachy with the City roads department says there was some extra product put on the roads last night to deal with colder temperatures.

“When temperatures get to a certain level, we will apply an abrasive to the road to increase traction.”

He noted right now the city will be focusing on priority one routes.

“Once it is finished around the city, that starts our seven-day clock. We will work through those high-priority routes and then work our way down the list over the next seven days.”

There is an end in sight to this cold snap the temperature is expected to warm up to minus six on Friday and even hit plus three on Saturday.