City of Calgary Update on Winter Storm & Road Conditions: 4:30 p.m.
A Snowfall Warning is in effect for the city of Calgary and parts of the city reported up to 40 cm in a 12 hour period. Environment Canada is forecasting another 5 to 10 cm of snow to fall throughout this evening, tapering off towards Wednesday. Visibility is expected to be a challenge overnight and through the morning hours.
Calgary Police Service is reporting a total of 251 injury and non-injury collisions from when the snowfall began (11 p.m. Monday) to 3:30 p.m. On this day in 2017 a total of 131 collisions were reported.
Additional resources have been activated, including contractors and equipment from jurisdictions outside of Calgary to help tackle the snow and icy road conditions.
Currently City Roads crews are focused on clearing Priority 1 routes and a Snow Route Parking Ban has been called for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Vehicles parked on Snow Routes, must be moved off of the street prior to the ban going in place. Failure to do so may result in a ticket/tow.
The best option is to stay home and off of the roads if you can, but here are some tips if that’s not an option:
- Plan ahead, leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.- Bundle up and brush all the snow off your vehicle.- Watch out for roads crews and emergency vehicles and ensure you give them space to work.
Calgary CTrain are running on schedule, however snowfall continues to pose a challenges for buses particularly on hills and steep inclines. Various city crews continue to assist mobilizing buses, but Transit users can continue to expect delays for the afternoon commute. Follow @calgarytransit or check the Transit app for real-time updates including information on delays or detours to routes during the snow storm.
City trucks are out collecting blue, green and black carts, however we are experiencing delays related to the storm and there may be ongoing delays for the remainder of the week. Garbage collection is being prioritized because it’s on a biweekly schedule. If you have been missed, please contact 311 for specific collection information related to your area.
Most trees have shed their leaves and are therefore we don’t believe that this event will have a major impact on the urban canopy, however the heavy wet snow may cause some trees to bend or break. If citizens are concerned about trees on their property, they can remove the snow, only if safe to do so. Smaller trees can be given a light shake, for snow on larger trees use a broom to knock the snow off or try to remove snow with a leaf-blower.
Health & Safety Reminders
Take care when shoveling snow, it is a strenuous activity and can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to climb quickly. Push snow rather than lift and take break if you feel tired or short of breath. Consider being a Snow Angel and shoveling the sidewalk of a neighbour with mobility issues.
Also, ensure your furnace and exhaust vents are free of snow and ice. Carbon monoxide can build up within your home if the vents are blocked.
We thank all citizens for their patience during this snow storm. Please follow @cityofcalgary or visit calgary.ca/snow for the latest updates.