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.
Return of early winter weather makes for slippery Calgary commute
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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.
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.
“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.
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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.
Pedestrians make their way through ice and snow in downtown Calgary on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
A snowfall warning issued earlier Tuesday ended just before 6:30 p.m., but the damage was already done.
A southward-moving cold front brought snow to much of southern Alberta as Envrionment Canada warned that up to 25 centimetres of snow could fall in some regions.
Between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Calgary police said officers responded to a total of 146 non-injury accidents and 10 injury accidents. They also responded to 25 collisions classified as “other,” which include hit-and-runs.
Meanwhile, a crash involving a passenger bus occurred on Highway 1 west of Banff around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. An Alberta Health Services spokesperson said 10 people were transported to hospitals in Banff and Canmore for further evaluation, but all were in stable, non-life-threatening condition.
Areas at higher elevations were expected to see upwards of 25 centimetres by Tuesday evening, while areas east of the foothills, including Calgary, were expecting 10 centimetres.
Snowfall warnings remain in southwest parts of the province like Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Okotoks, Fort Macleod, and Canmore.
A little over a week ago, much of southwestern Alberta was slammed by a near-record snowstorm, with more than 30 centimetres falling on Calgary.
Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak said Calgarians shouldn’t be surprised by the quickly changing weather at this time of year.
“This is actually a seasonal pattern for October where we get the wild swings from 16 C to -3 C,” he said. “It’s the season of transition.”
Crews would continue focusing on salting and plowing high-volume routes such as Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail throughout Tuesday.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cool, with a high of -1 C. Then a warming trend begins under sunny skies, with a forecast high of 9 C by Saturday.
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