Slippery Calgary roads slow Thursday morning commute, cause crashes
A light dusting of snow left city streets slick on Thursday, slowing the morning commute for many Calgarians and contributing to some crashes.
Snow began falling on Wednesday evening and continued through much of the night.
“It’s just enough to make roads wet with some slippery patches,” Global Calgary traffic reporter Leslie Horton said. “Watch for those sidewalks if you’re a pedestrian or a cyclist – because you’ve got snow-covered pathways.”
Scroll down for a printable collision checklist provided by Calgary police
The City of Calgary took to Twitter on Thursday to warn drivers to slow down and drive for the conditions.
Brittany Kustra with the City of Calgary said snow-clearing crews were prepared for the weather.
“They were out there putting down material and taking care of snow on those high-priority roads.”
“Some roads may be slippery – especially on bridge decks and hills.”
Although snowy in Calgary on Thursday, meteorologist Jordan Witzel noted it wasn’t too cold.
“There is some snow on the ground, but it’s mild,” Witzel said.
Calgary was sitting at -3 by 6:30 a.m. Witzel said the snow should taper off throughout the morning with a mainly sunny sky by Thursday afternoon. Flurries could return by Friday night though, with more snow again on Sunday.
The wintry weather is thought to be a factor in several crashes on Deerfoot Trail on Wednesday, including one fatal collision.
According to Calgary police, 205 collisions were reported between 4 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Six involved injuries and 34 were classified as hit and runs. No injuries were reported in 165 of the incidents.
Below is a printable collision checklist with information on how to report a crash, provided by Calgary police:
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