Calgary news, weather and traffic for March 17

Here's what you need to know as you head out for your morning commute in Calgary.

A few flurries and cooler temperatures in the forecast, with a high of 1 C

It feels cooler in Calgary today. But, we're cool with that.

Good morning, Calgary! It's partly cloudy and —3 C at 7 a.m. Here's what's happening in Calgary this morning.

Weather

We're in for a few flurries this morning then mainly cloudy skies with a 30 per cent chance of flurries again after noon. Winds will be from the north at 30 km/h gusting to 50. The temperature should reach 1 C.

Tonight windy again, with winds from the north at 30 km/h gusting to 50.  The low is expected to be —10 C.

For tomorrow, the sun returns and the high is expected to be 3 C.

 Environment Canada says it'll warm up for the weekend, with highs of 11 C on Saturday and Sunday.

Traffic

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.

News headlines

Calgary police expect more full-scale fentanyl labs will be found following a bust in Kelowna. Police suspect that operation is responsible for shipping up to 100,000 fentanyl pills to Calgary each month. Drug unit Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta says the bust is significant. But he doesn't expect it will stem the problem in our city. 

The Wildrose Party is warning our city could see red alerts skyrocket if the province centralizes Calgary's E.M.S. dispatch like it has in Edmonton. A red alert is issued when no ambulances are available for a call. The Wildrose says numbers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show in the first 11 months of 2015, there were 888 code reds in Edmonton. There were 39 red alerts for the entire year in Calgary. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says she's going to take the time to get the centralization right.

Some Calgary conservatives are launching what they call "The Let's Get Alberta Working" group. But they say they're not a political movement yet. About 200 people gathered at the Bowness Community Centre Wednesday evening to share their ideas on how to get Alberta working again. Many people had some connections to the PC party. There were no calls for uniting Alberta's political right.

With climate change concerns a stated priority of the Alberta government, the premier has raised some eyebrows over her current ride — a gas guzzling SUV. The current vehicle Rachel Notley travels in is a 5.3 litre Chevy Suburban. When asked about it, Notley said she's considering other options. 

On your radio

David Gray and Angela Knight host the Thursday morning edition of the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. They'll have all your news, weather, traffic, sports and business throughout the morning — you can tune in at 1010 AM, 99.1 FM, online at cbc.ca/calgary or through the CBC Radio app.


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