CALGARY – A snowfall warning remains in place for Calgary with another 10 centimetres of snow expected before most of the city begins its workweek–and Calgary police are warning of a slippery Monday morning commute.
Environment Canada has had an alert in place for the majority of the weekend and it now warns that more snow will fall–meaning your car will need an extra good dusting off before you drive to work.
The warning says to anticipate up to 25 centimetres to fall, with about 10 of that accumulating overnight.
“Snowfall totals for the area are expected to reach 15 to 25 cm with slightly higher totals near 30 to 35 cm possible over southern areas of Calgary,” reads the alert.
“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”
It's been a while since we saw snow like this, #yyc!
As the snow falls today, our crews will continue to work on the through-lanes on the Priority 1 routes (Glenmore, Macleod, Crowchild, etc). Avoid travel if possible. Info + full update, check https://t.co/eE0ljPokh1 . pic.twitter.com/trLrGwMgCN
— YYC Transportation (@yyctransport) September 29, 2019
The storm has already caused a handful of problems on the road with CPS recording nearly 200 crashes during the day Saturday and into Sunday morning.
“Definitely be aware it is winter driving conditions,” said Sgt. Becky Spore.
“Plan ahead, give yourself a little bit more time to get to your destination. Once you’re on the roadway the same idea applies–just give yourself more space and distance between other vehicles.”
She says generally, people are driving too fast for the snowy conditions, and people should err on the side of caution and slow down.
“Drive to arrive alive,” said Spore.
The City of Calgary assured people earlier in the week that they were out prepping the roads for when the snow hits–and they’ll be out and about clearing the snow as it falls.
“We’ve got enough staff in place to be able to handle this storm effectively,” Jim Fraser, a District Manager for Calgary Roads, said in an interview Thursday. The city does not anticipate needing to implement a snow route parking ban as a result of the storm.
If you’re out on the roads check in with 660 NEWS for the latest traffic reports on-air, online, and on social media. If your travels take you out of town, make sure you review the latest highway conditions from 511 Alberta.
For those taking transit, you can check to see if there are any route delays before heading out to catch your bus here. If you arrive at a bus stop or CTrain station that hasn’t been cleared of snow yet, you can report it or find a prioritized list of stops to be cleared here.
There has been a handful of delayed flights or cancellations at the Calgary airport and Fly YYC is asking everyone to leave the house early if you’re catching a flight–and to double-check its status.
We’re experiencing a high volume of traffic on the departures roadway. #YYC crew are assisting with redirecting vehicles. Your safety is a top priority to us. If you’re heading to the airport please check current flight times on https://t.co/0Rd6BTh4Zc and drive with caution.
— YYC (@FlyYYC) September 29, 2019
-with files from Tom Ross