Thursday, March 20, 2014

Winter road conditions in Calgary

Environment Canada has amended their original forecast for today. Originally an estimated 1 to 3 centimetres of snow was anticipated to fall. The revised forecast  now expects 5 to 10 centimetres combined with wind gusts of 50 to 70 km/h.

City forces continue to maintain roads according to the Council approved Seven Day Plan. Crews are spreading salt on Priority 1 and 2 routes and known trouble spots like hills, on and off ramps and bridge decks. The blowing snow is creating drifting in the northern parts of the city affecting roads that run east/west. Crews are working to manage the drifting.

All available crews and equipment are being used to maintain the roads. Additional staff have been called in to help.

Despite the increase in snow accumulation, it is not anticipated at this time  that we will require a Snow Route Parking Ban. Warmer road surface temperatures combined with the salt on the roads should diminish significant accumulation on Snow Routes, such as bus routes, and secondary roadways. The City will provide timely updates regarding road conditions should the weather forecast continue to change.

Drivers are reminded to drive according to winter conditions and to take the following steps before beginning their commute:

  • Clean snow and ice off your vehicle and ensure your lights and your windows are clear.
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination.
  • Reduce your speed and turn on your headlights.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Fill up your windshield washer fluid.
  • When road conditions are difficult, consider using Calgary Transit.
  • Consider delaying your trip until the roads are in better condition.

There are several ways Calgarians can stay informed with up-to-date information, such as The City of Calgary’s Road Conditions map found at or Smartphone users can also download The City’s Road Conditions App for free on iTunes.    

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