Calgarians are bracing for even more snow today after enduring one of the city’s trademark spring snowstorms, though the city is largely taking it in stride.
City of Calgary Road Maintenance and Services scrambled to outfit their trucks for winter conditions, diverting them from spring cleanup operations, said spokesperson Sean Somers.
Salt and calcium chloride are being used to melt the snow.
He said drivers shouldn’t worry because the residual temperature in the pavement remains above freezing, meaning morning commuters should have no problems.
“The commute (today) should be fine,” said Somers.
Airport staff are going through their snowstorm procedures and Jodie Moseley of the Calgary Airport Authority confirms they will be able to keep the runways clear, however, “airlines will have to make a decision” regarding flight delays.
Some airlines were reported to have delayed or cancelled flights out of Calgary during the height of yesterday’s snowfall.
Moseley recommends people leave extra time to drive in the morning to avoid missing flights.
Calgary Water Services expects river flow rates to remain normal. They say there is no concern over river flooding at these levels. The city is reminding people to slow down, drive defensively and allow city crews to do their work tomorrow.
Environment Canada said Calgary can expect an additional five to 10 centimetres today, with winds gusting to 90 km/h at times. The forecast does look better moving into next week, with highs of 16 C expected on Monday.