CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Snowfall warnings have ended for Calgary and surrounding communities but the cleanup continues following a record snowfall.
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.
The City of Calgary will provide an update on the snow clearing measures Monday morning. The city and 511 Alberta are encouraging drivers to avoid all non-essential travel due to slick, icy road conditions.
Heavy snow continues to fall, making roads slick and snow-covered. Crews will be working all night on the major routes, plowing the through-lanes. Ramps, bridge decks and collectors are slippery. Drive safe and expect major delays for the morning commute. #yycsnow #yyctraffic pic.twitter.com/8vaySlzlhA
— YYC Transportation (@yyctransport) September 30, 2019
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel in southern Alberta from the BC border to the Sask. border & south of Hwy1. Heavy snowfall & poor vis. is expected to continue overnight resulting in extreme winter driving conditions. #ABRoads #ABStorm #yql #medhat #yyctraffic
— 511 Alberta (@511Alberta) September 29, 2019
Troy McLeod with the City of Calgary roads said crews pretreated roadways and bridge decks before the snow hit and are working to clear major routes.
He adds you should give yourself extra time on your commute and never assume a road is safe even if it’s been cleared.
“Be mindful of bridge decks as the temperatures aren’t as warm as the roadway surfaces so they can ice up more quickly than roadways so conditions will change as you are on bridge decks. Be careful of grades if you are on a hill.”
As of 5 a.m. Monday, Calgary police have responded to nearly 200 crashes since Sunday morning: 166 non-injury and 23 injury-related.
The September snow also led to several school closures outside Calgary. Some schools in the Foothills Division are shut down as is the Palliser Regional School Division south of Calgary
Update Sept 29, 7:30PM – Winter weather continues across the Foothills region and road conditions are rapidly declining. Families should note the following closures and cancellations in effect for Monday September 30, 2019: https://t.co/Rd4UOvp9Zp pic.twitter.com/UGs62iA0yI
— Foothills School Division (@fsd38) September 30, 2019
— Palliser Schools (@PalliserSchools) September 29, 2019
Schools within The Calgary Board of Education remain open.
We respect parents/guardians right to make their own decisions about sending their children to school. If your child will not be attending classes please ensure you contact your school's attendance line to report the absence. #yycbe #WeAreCBE pic.twitter.com/D4PhRNxqRV
— Calgary Board of Education (@yyCBEdu) September 30, 2019