CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The snow from over the weekend has started to melt and it’s leading to a different problem on city streets.
Colder temperatures froze standing water Monday night leading to several crashes.
Driving down the stretch, it's obvious slick conditions were to blame. Snow seems to have melted and then refroze yesterday evening, causing slippery roads. It's not that bad now, but there's still patches of ice on roads across #calgary #yyctraffic #yyc @660NEWS @660NEWSTraffic
— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) October 1, 2019
Calgary police reported 509 collisions between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at 5 p.m., many caused by slick roads conditions.
One collision shut down parts of Stoney Trail at Deerfoot Trail for hours. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported and the area reopened once sanding trucks were able to get in.
Traffic Advisory: W/B Stoney Trail SE at S/B Deerfoot Trail S and E/B Stoney Trail SE at N/B Deerfoot Trail S have been temporarily closed due to unsafe driving conditions. Collisions are being cleared and the roads sanded. #yyc #yyctraffic pic.twitter.com/z8kzD86dvi
— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) October 1, 2019
Drivers are reminded to be extra careful, especially on bridge decks and ramps which tend to ice over fairly quickly.
The City of Calgary meanwhile, continues to work hard to clear roads following the near-record snowfall over the weekend.
“We were well prepared for this storm,” said Troy McLeod with the city’s roads department. “We had all our equipment ready; we had our material ready. This storm, the snowfall rate allowed us the opportunity to get onto our priority ones and respond to the storm accordingly.”
McLeod adds the priority one roads in Calgary have been cleared and they are now working on the priority two streets.
Snow stopped falling at 2:30 pm today, which means the clock started on our 7 Day Snow Clearing Plan. High-volume Priority 1 routes and City-owned sidewalks will be cleared within 24 hours. Residents & business owners must clear their sidewalks within 24 hours, too. #yycsnow pic.twitter.com/jh9ZTtLHqE
— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) September 30, 2019
Crews will continue to work throughout the week as the snow is expected to melt but then freeze overnight.
“We are into winter driving conditions,” said McLeod. “We do apply material to those roadways so just to be mindful it can be icy.
Temperatures in Calgary will rise in the coming days, reaching 11 degrees by Friday.
Over the weekend, Calgary saw around 25 centimetres of snow while other areas of the province saw as much as 70.
Environment Canada is reporting 95 centimetres at the townsite in Waterton National Park.