Mark Villani
CTV News Calgary video journalist


An explosion of wintry weather that arrived Monday evening and lasted overnight made for some very difficult driving conditions on Tuesday morning

The heavy snowfall – with up to 8 inches in some parts of the city – has frozen to a thin layer of black ice on some streets as several accidents have already been reported

From 5pm Monday through Tuesday noon, Calgary Police responded to 128 reported accidents, including 91 uninjured accidents, 13 injury-related accidents and 24 hits

Police say the number of accidents is typical of a blizzard of this size, but reminds motorists to slow down and drive in the conditions given

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The Calgary road crews, with their entire team of graders, sanders, and plowers, went out of their way to begin clearing the Priority 1 routes, including the Glenmore Trail, Crowchild Trail, and Macleod Trail

Calgary Roads’ Chris McGeachy says the crews will apply salt and a cucumber mixture to trouble spots such as hills, bridge decks, and descents, but drivers should give themselves extra time

“We just want to remind people to be careful out there,” he said, “Make sure your vehicle is winterized if, in the worst case scenario, you can carry a shovel in your car, but our crews will be out there, to make sure these roads are safe and passable for all “

McGeachy adds that the city does not anticipate imposing a parking ban on snow trails as it expects temperatures to warm in the coming days However, this could change if conditions worsen

The city’s budget for snow removal is from Jan. January to 31 $ 40 million on December 31, and around $ 5 million left for 2020 City officials say the average snowstorm results in clearance costs of between $ 1 million and $ 1 million

Regarding conditions outside of Calgary, Alberta 511 reports that the QEII Highway north of the city is partially covered in snow and visibility is poor

The routes west of the city on the Trans-Canada Highway to Banff and Lake Louise are covered with ice, as is Highway 2 south of Calgary to Cardston

Drivers need to be prepared for slippery roads and make sure the vehicles are winterized, as the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) states that towing or boosting will take about six hours from Tuesday morning

Some areas of Calgary fell more than eight inches of snow between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning

Calgary Road Conditions

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