A winter and snowfall warning continued in southern Alberta on Sunday, including Calgary and surrounding communities.
Environment Canada said 15-25 centimetres of snowfall accumulation was expected to hit the area by Monday afternoon.
“A Pacific weather system will continue to bring snow into southern Alberta today. The heavy snow will continue over the Calgary, Airdrie and Drumheller regions today,” Environment Canada’s website read Sunday morning.
Calgary police said there were 17 injury collisions and 171 non-injury collisions in the city between 6 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
“It’s been pretty icy, pretty backed up. On Stoney Trail there’s lots of cars in the ditch,” driver Drew Carlson said.
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“I expect the traffic flow to significantly heavier in the morning and without a doubt, that’s going to impact the trip,” Calgary Police Service Sgt. Becky Spohr said.
The City of Calgary said crews were focusing on clearing the through-lanes on the Priority 1 routes on Sunday, such as Glenmore Trail, MacLeod Trail and Crowchild Trail.
Drivers were being warned to adjust their driving habits for the road conditions, as poor conditions were expected on roads including Highway 1 and the QE2.
Multiple vehicles could be seen in ditches on the QE2 between Calgary and Airdrie, and a jackknifed semi closed down a section of Highway 1 near Dead Man’s Flats on Sunday morning.
Environment Canada said heavy snow was also expected to impact sections of the Coronation region, particular the area around Hanna to Oyen, along Highway 9.
“Just take it easy. It’s typical winter in Alberta. Just drive slow and keep safe,” Carlson advised.
On its website, WestJet said three flights scheduled to leave Lethbridge for Calgary on Sunday were cancelled, as were three flights from Calgary to Lethbridge.
On Air Canada’s website, the company indicated its three Sunday flights from Lethbridge to Calgary were cancelled, as were two flights going from Calgary to Lethbridge. One Air Canada flight going from Calgary to Lethbridge on Sunday night was still listed as being “on time.”
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