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Snow and ice clearing update

SNIC Update – Tuesday, December 6 at 3 p.m.

Snow fell across Calgary throughout the day on Sunday, December 4, with accumulation on most roads due to colder temperatures. Maintenance is complete on Priority 1 routes, such as Crowchild Trail and Macleod Trail, and Priority 2 routes, such as Acadia Drive and Kensington Road.

Current Status:

  • Crews are focusing their efforts on Priority 3 and 4 roads, in accordance with The City’s Seven Day Snow Plan. Priority 3 and 4 routes include playground zones and residential areas.
  • Crews are clearing steps and walks, pedestrian overpasses, bus pads, and LRT stations.
  • All available equipment is in use to plow snow and lay down pickle. Pickle is a salt/gravel mixture that will keep roads from icing up and helps with traction.
  • At this time The City does not anticipate the need to call a snow route parking ban.

While crews are working hard to make all routes passable, some roads may be icy and snow covered, especially those in residential areas. Calgarians are advised to watch for trouble spots such as hills and bridge decks, and to slow down and drive for winter conditions.

This page will be updated during all winter snow storms, and throughout the week following a snow event, in order to give Calgarians frequent updates on road conditions.  

To report snow and ice issues on Calgary roads, overpasses and bridges, fill out the online Snow and Ice Control Service Request.

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Calgarians are reminded to drive for the conditions and winterize their vehicles.

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How we respond to snowfall

We know how important it is for Calgarians to get to where they want to go safely and winter driving can be challenging because of snow and icy conditions. The City keeps you moving safely by following a seven day snow and ice control (SNIC) plan.

This planned and measured response to snowfall, helps make roadways safe and efficient.

Roads maintains public thoroughfares to the Snow and Ice Control policy standards during winter months by:

  • Anti-icing before a snow event when conditions allow
  • Sanding, salting, and plowing roadways
  • Snow removal and storage
  • Sidewalk snow removal in the downtown core
  • Snow fencing where required

Free sand locations

To help remove ice on residential sidewalks, homeowners can pick up free sand and salt-coated gravel at most Fire stations and Roads Maintenance District offices. See sanding box locations near you.

Winter driving tips

Tips for winter driving winter driving include:

  • Winterize your vehicle, consider installing snow tires.
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destinations.
  • Reduce your speed and turn on your headlights.
  • Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Do not pass working sanders or equipment.

Related documents

Snow and Ice Control Policy​​​