The City of Calgary ready for snow
The City of Calgary is prepared for the upcoming winter season and is ready to address tomorrow’s snowy and windy conditions.
Environment Canada is calling for cool, high winds overnight followed by approximately 10 cms of snow in the Calgary area throughout the day Monday.
“In anticipation of high winds and heavy snowfall overnight and tomorrow, we have additional trucks and staff on stand-by,” says Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “Significant amounts of snow falling within a short period could result in accumulation on the roads. But the warm road temperatures and mild weather, should make this a relatively easy clean-up if the rain does turn to snow.”
The City’s Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) program plan is organized months before the winter season to account for a variety of weather conditions. Under the plan, crews sand, salt and plow roads and sidewalks based on a Council-approved priority system - the more traffic there is on a roadway, the higher the priority.
“This will keep the greatest number of commuters, moving quickly and safely,” says Biensch.
While City crews are prepared, the first snowfall of the season always seems to catch people a little off-guard. For this reason, The City is reminding drivers to prepare for a potentially slower commute tomorrow morning. “Give yourself a little bit of extra time, plan for delays, slow down and drive to conditions,” adds Biensch.
Crews will also be ready to help clean-up any tree debris and leaves left on public walkways and roads, and The City reminds citizens to lookout for these hazards.
There are several ways Calgarians can stay informed on winter road conditions, visit calgary.ca/snow, follow us on Twitter @yyctransport, view our traffic cameras or contact 311.
These tools can help Calgarians stay up to date on:
- Road conditions
- Travel times
- Traffic incidents
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