Calgary news, weather and traffic for Jan. 7
Blanket of fresh snow covering Calgary roads this morning
Good morning, Calgary! It's snowing and –10 C at 8 a.m. Here's what's happening in the city today.
You're going to wake up to a snowy, chilly day here in Calgary. The snow began falling last night and is expected to continue through the rest of the day, with the temperature holding steady around –11 C. We're expecting 5 cm of snow in total.
Right now, the wind chill is at –17 C. The wind will be out of the north at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h this morning, calming in the afternoon. The snow is expected to taper off later this evening and the temperature will hold steady at –13 C.
Tomorrow, there's a 30 percent chance of flurries with the temperature holding steady at –14 C.
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It's a busy morning on Calgary streets. Roads are slow throughout the city – here's the latest information on stalls and collisions (as of 7:55 a.m.).
- In the northeast, there's a collision on southbound Stoney Trail south of McKnight Boulevard.
- There's a collision in the intersection of 17th Avenue and 37th Street S.W.
- In the downtown core, there's a stalled bus on northbound Macleod Trail in front of City Hall. It's blocking the centre lane.
- On Stoney Trail S.E., there's a vehicle in the ditch as you approach Glenmore Trail.
- There's a collision in the intersection of 52nd Street S.E. and 72nd Avenue, affecting traffic in all directions.
- Also on 52nd Street S.E., the traffic lights are out at the intersection of 52nd Street and McKenzie Towne Avenue.
Outside of Calgary
- South of the city, there's a car in the ditch on the northbound QEII at the Okotoks overpass.
- Route 2 is currently being detoured due to icy conditions.
If you see anything happening on Calgary roads or southern Alberta highways, you can give Calgary Eyeopener traffic reporter Angela Knight a call at #1010, *1010 or 403-521-1010. You can also send a tweet to @CalgaryCommute.
A man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed chase, part of it going the wrong way on Stoney Trail. It started around 9:45 MT last night in the south end of the city when police saw the suspect in a stolen Escalade. He took off, hitting speeds higher than 160 km/h. At one point he was going the wrong way on Stoney Trail. He managed to steal another truck and head north out of the city. RCMP used a spike belt near Airdrie which blew out the front tires but the suspect kept going to Didsbury where he was arrested. Calgary police say the suspect was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant and is facing a long list of charges.
Demonstrators at a candlelight vigil to protest against the execution of a prominent Shia cleric say Canada must stand up for human rights. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who led protests during the Arab Spring in 2011, was one of 47 people executed by Saudi Arabia last weekend. Around 50 people gathered in front of Calgary's City Hall last night. The vigil was organized by the Husseini Association of Calgary. They also want the federal government to take action on Saudi Arabia's human rights record.
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