City declares snow event
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012 5:27PM MST
A slippery commute will greet Calgary drivers on Tuesday morning as much as ten centimetres of snow fell on the city and the city has declared a snow event and accompanying parking ban.
City officials declared the event on Tuesday morning and parking bans are expected to take effect at 9 a.m.
This time, residents can expect a serious response from the city.
Under a ban, Calgarians parked in designated routes will be required to move their vehicles so city crews can plow or face a hefty fine and possible towing.
The bans last for 72 hours.
Meanwhile, travelers should take care and a lot of extra time getting in to work on Tuesday to get through the snow.
Chinook's Edge School Division, which includes schools in Olds, Carstairs, and Sundre, is reporting that there will be no bus service on Tuesday morning.
Air travelers will want to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport as several cancellations and delays have already been reported.
But it's not all bad news with the morning commute.
Power has been restored to 1,600 homes and the road is reopened at 17 Ave. S.E. on Tuesday morning.
A car went off the road at 8 p.m. on Monday and crashed into a power pole, knocking the lines down and knocking out power for several hours.
There were dozens of accidents on Monday but thankfully none of them had serious injuries.
City spokesperson Sean Somers was reluctant to consider a snow ban on Monday. "In order for Calgary to qualify, we need at least five centimetres of accumulated snow. At this point, we're a long way from that. I'm reluctant to say there's going to be a ban."
Drivers are reminded to allow extra time for travel and to leave lots of extra space for stopping and when following other vehicles.
As of 4:00 p.m., the Calgary Parking Authority issued 725 parking tickets to vehicles parked on snow routes.