Edmonton police say they were called out to 118 crash scenes between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Of those, seven involved injuries and 18 were hit-and-run collisions.
Police also had these tips for Edmontonians on the roads in snowy condition:
- Avoid driving if possible and check road conditions before heading out on any highways
- Give yourself extra time to reach your destination
- Slow down and brake gradually when approaching curves and preparing to stop
- Leave extra space when following behind another car or preparing to stop
- Give yourself extra time when turning left into traffic
- Use additional caution crossing bridges as the decks may become slippery
Speaking Saturday evening, Scott Pattison with EPS reiterated motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads this evening, if possible, as conditions continue to deteriorate.
Parking ban declared
The city has declared its first winter parking ban of the season.
The ban will go into effect Sunday at 8 a.m. along residential bus routes.
“With the continued snowfall forecasted for the region today and tomorrow, we need to be able to plow from curb to curb to remove snow and avoid the dangerous narrowing of traffic lanes,” said Bob Dunford, the city’s director of roadway maintenance, in a release on Saturday.
Any vehicles found within the designated parking ban routes will be tagged and towed – even after city snowplows have been through, says the city.
“We certainly understand that the parking ban may cause a temporary inconvenience for some residents,” added Dunford. “But the removal of parked vehicles means that we are able to do the best job possible. We thank everyone for their cooperation.”
The ban will remain in effect until plowing is completed across the city.
Snowfall warning issued
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Edmonton and surrounding areas Saturday morning, saying heavy snow is likely to continue throughout the day.
The snowfall warning was lifted for Edmonton, Drayton Valley, Fort Saskatchewan, Hinton, Spruce Grove and Whitecourt by mid-afternoon Saturday.
As of Saturday evening, a snowfall warning remained in place for Leduc-Camrose-Wetaskiwin-Tofield.
Edmonton mayor Don Iveson tweeted that over 90 city road crews were out sanding and plowing throughout the night.
Roadway maintenance crews started sanding and plowing on main city streets as soon as snow began to accumulate, and will continue to work around the clock until the snowfall stops, says the city.
In the meantime, RCMP are telling drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel – especially along Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton.
A “no tow” advisory has also been put out by the Leduc Integrated Traffic Services Unit, and will remain in place until road conditions improve.
Highway 1 east of Calgary is also under extremely poor road conditions, say Strathmore RCMP.
Fatal collision in Valleyview
RCMP in Valleyview, 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, are also urging drivers to exercise extreme caution after one man was killed when his vehicle rolled over on Highway 43 Friday night.
Police say they were called to the scene of the single-vehicle crash, 20 kilometres south of Valleyview, around 6:15 p.m.
The man, who was the only person in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Poor weather and road conditions were factors in the crash, say RCMP, warning that roads in the area remain icy, with white-out conditions in some places.