Slick roads lead to bumper-to-bumper morning traffic in Calgary

Calgary roads were in terrible shape and traffic was slow all over the city, after the city saw six centimetres of snow overnight Friday.

Section of Shaganappi Trail closed between John Laurie Blvd. and Country Hills Blvd.

Calgary commuters faced bumper-to-bumper traffic on many key routes Friday morning as about six centimetres of snow fell overnight and flurries continued into the morning. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

The roads were in terrible shape and traffic was slow all over Calgary on Friday morning, after the city saw six centimetres of snow overnight — and it kept falling all morning.

The city remained under an Environment Canada snowfall warning until early Friday afternoon, and police said the slippery roads contributed to 91 collisions between midnight and noon on Friday, 13 of them involving injuries.

The City of Calgary said crews were out through the night plowing and spreading gravel on the major routes.

Police closed a section of Shaganappi Trail from John Laurie Boulevard to Country Hills Boulevard during the Friday morning commute because of the slippery conditions.

CBC listeners told The Calgary Eyeopener that traffic was also crawling on other key routes during the morning commute, including Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail, with slippery hills causing many spinouts.

Traffic on Shaganappi Trail was down to a crawl on Friday morning. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Eastbound traffic along the Bow River was bumper-to-bumper from Parkdale Boulevard all the way back to Bowness Road at Shaganappi Trail at about 8 a.m. 

Calgary Transit said many buses were running late or needed to detour. 

  • Routes 2, 7, 8, 17, 20,  93 and 94 are on snow detour. 

The city does not anticipate calling a snow route parking ban.

Police reminded motorists not to leave their vehicles running with the keys inside, tweeting that seven unlocked and running cars were stolen in a two-hour period Friday.