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Calgary weather: Rough road conditions amid more snow

12/03/2013 08:30 EST | Updated 02/02/2014 05:59 EST
Plows and graders are chugging along Calgary streets this morning as the blizzard that set in yesterday hammers the city and region this morning.

Despite overnight work from road crews, it will be another challenging commute again today, say city officials. 

The blizzard warning for the city has been lifted, but snow is still falling and the city could see at least another two centimetres, according to Environment Canada.

Roads in residential areas in particular are troublesome, as many have not seen a plow come through since the storm hit Monday.

For those who need to travel, Calgary police suggest using major thoroughfares only.

Calgary police say that in the last 24 hours, they have responded to over 200 crashes, 24 that involved injuries.

"Our units were responding all night to people that were stranded, as well as helping them out when they ended up having accidents,” said Duty Insp. Guy Baker.

Police are recommending people stay off the roads.

Calgary Transit is warning about detours and recommend commuters check their website before heading out Tuesday morning.  

Most Calgary schools are open, but there is no school bus service. 

It`s still too early to determine if there will be a snow route parking ban.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday the snow will have to stop falling first. 

"Given the amount of snow that I saw out there when I came in this morning, I think that it's probably a good bet that we'll need to do that, but not right away."

Travel in and out of city

At least 29 WestJet and Air Canada flights have been cancelled so far this morning at Calgary International Airport.

The Trans-Canada Highway remains shut down from Calgary to Brooks, Alta. Overnight, Strathmore volunteer firefighters rescued stranded motorists caught in the whiteout conditions. The highway may open at some point later Tuesday.

In central Alberta, Red Deer opened an Emergency Operations Centre. It was activated to co-ordinate a response to the storm. Crews worked through the night to clear roads deemed inaccessible to emergency vehicles.

 A blizzard warning was still in effect for some parts of southern Alberta, including Lethbridge, as of 8 a.m. MT.

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