Still a snowy day, but snowfall warning for Edmonton has ended

Edmonton drivers are urged to exercise caution as a weather system "stalled" near the city on Wednesday morning, covering roads across north and central Alberta with heavy snow. 

146 collisions reported to city police between 5 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Commuters faced a slippery drive to work Wednesday morning as Edmonton was under a snowfall warning. (Sam Martin/CBC)

A weather system "stalled" near Edmonton on Wednesday morning, covering roads across north and central Alberta with heavy snow and creating a messy commute in the capital region.

Between 5 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 146 collisions were reported to Edmonton police, including 123 property damage collisions, 15 hit and runs and eight injury collisions.

"Motorists are asked to slow down and drive for the slippery road conditions during this afternoon's commute home," police said in a statement. 

As of 3:12 p.m., Environment Canada ended a snowfall warning for Edmonton and a swath of communities stretching from Athabasca to Wetaskiwin and Evansburg to Redwater. 

Between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow was expected to fall by Wednesday afternoon as the band of bad weather moves slowly east. 

"A weather system has stalled near Edmonton," reads the warning from Environment Canada. 

"Five to eight centimetres has fallen in a line from Leduc to Barrhead, and another five centimetres is expected by this afternoon." 

'Changing and deteriorating'

The snow is heavy and drivers should be prepared for "quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions," Environment Canada warned. 

"Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations," the warning reads. 

"Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow." 

In Edmonton, the snow is expected to clear by late Wednesday evening with overnight temperatures around –10 C and clear skies in the morning.

Meanwhile, a seasonal parking ban went into effect as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Vehicles parked on designated seasonal parking ban routes will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. The ban will remain in effect until the city announces it has been lifted.


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