January 7, 2016 11:39 am
Updated: January 7, 2016 9:42 pm

Slippery and snow-covered Calgary streets slow Thursday commute

WATCH ABOVE: The cold, dry weather and fluffy fresh snow have been a recipe for disaster on Calgary roads. Sarah Offin takes a closer look at why the icy snow crystals falling today may be to blame for hundreds of crashes around the city.

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CALGARY – Snow-covered streets made for a slow commute to work on Thursday.

The City of Calgary’s Roads Department began clearing priority one routes on Wednesday evening, but advised that drivers slow down and prepare for winter driving conditions.

The Calgary Police Service said there were 64 collisions reported (including eight with injuries) between midnight and 11 a.m.

Snow is expected to continue falling through until Thursday evening.

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“In total, most of the city will see amounts nearing 5 centimetres by the end of the day,” said meteorologist Jordan Witzel on Thursday. “We’re cold Friday and Saturday, getting more seasonal for Sunday and Monday. It looks like we may get a Chinook Tuesday and Wednesday that will bring a brief mild trend.”

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