Environment Canada had said snowfall amounts would be “highly variable,” but the city was forecasted to see about 10 centimetres. Officials advised areas at higher elevations could see upwards of 25 centimetres by the time the snow ended on Tuesday evening.
Good morning!! It'll be a blustery Tuesday so bundle up and pack your patience. Strong winds will reduce visibility and make it feel much colder. #YYC #Alberta #ABstorm pic.twitter.com/6tJsmh0FTt
Tuesdays warning said drivers should 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, Environment Canada stated.
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The snowfall is due to a southward moving cold front and Global News meteorologist Tiffany Lizée said snow won’t be the city’s only challenge on Tuesday.
“Strong, brisk northerly winds will gust between 30-50 km/h today, reducing visibility and making it feel much cooler,” Lizée said.
She said skies will clear overnight into Wednesday, with temperatures expected to climb near double digits as into the Thanksgiving long weekend.
The snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada includes a stretch of southwestern Alberta along the B.C. border stretching from Waterton Lakes National Park, Pincher Creek and Crownest Pass to Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff and Jasper.
Chris McGeachy with the City of Calgary said crews worked throughout the night, applying salt to the roads to help melt snow and prevent ice from building up.
Geachy says theyre still within that budget for 2019, with just under $15 million remaining until the end of the year.
Give yourself extra time to get anywhere today! Roads are wet right now and conditions will likely get icy and slushy as temperatures continue to drop.#ABstorm #ABroads #YYC #YQL #Alberta pic.twitter.com/yFAforTtCs
Speaking with Global Calgary on Tuesday morning, McGeachy said although roads are in fairly good condition, they are encouraging Calgarians to drive for winter conditions.
Our crews are … Working 24/7 and we do expect our plowing operations will intensify through the day as the snow becomes heavier, McGeachy said.
The roads seem pretty good but there could be icy spots on bridge decks, on-off ramps and at intersections.”
McGeachy is urging motorists to leave plenty of time to get to their destination and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
As part of the citys seven-day snow and ice control plan, crews start to plow, salt and sand so-called Priority 1 routes (roads with traffic volumes exceeding 20,000 a day) such as Crowchild Trail and Macleod Trail once the snow has stopped falling.
Once Priority 1 routes are completed, crews focus on Priority 2 routes (roads which carry 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles a day) like Kensington Road and Acadia Drive.
Crews then turn to clearing Priority 3 and 4 routes, which includes residential areas, school and playground zones.
Between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Calgary police said 93 crashes were reported including six with injuries.
Conditions were slippery on many of the major roadways, especially in the northern and western parts of the city. Major delays were reported on the hill at Shaganappi Trail at John Laurie Boulevard northwest.
Calgary police said they responded to 190 collisions between midnight and 4 p.m. — and that 11 of them involved injuries and 28 of were hit and runs.
CBCMoreThe Environment Canada forecast said the temperature in Calgary would drop slowly through the day to about –6 C as the snowfall intensified. The cold front also brought northerly wind gusts up to 50 km/hr.
In its snowfall warning for Calgary, Environment Canada said the city could get about 10 centimetres by the time the snow tapers off Tuesday night.
City of CalgaryMore”As of Tuesday morning the cold front is located over southern Alberta and moving eastward into Saskatchewan,” Environment Canada said on its website.
The province said highways west of Calgary are partly covered with snow and that visibility is poor.
CBCMoreStory continuesThe snowfall warnings extend all through southwestern Alberta. The Foothills and the mountain parks could get up to 25 cm by the time the snow ends Tuesday evening.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”
City of CalgaryMoreCalgary Transit says several bus routes are behind schedule, and routes 7, 8, 30, and 69 are on detour until further notice because of the snowfall.
The Calgary International Airport said the weather could impact flights on Tuesday. “Please check with your airlines on flight times and leave extra time to get to the airport. Safe travels,” the airport said on its website.