Snow and ice clearing update

Current snow status:

Crews spend the first 36 hours plowing and clearing snow on Calgary's busiest routes

Snow and Ice Clearing Progress
Route types Progress (%)
Major Routes
0 - 36hrs

Snow update - Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.

Snow stopped falling at noon on Thursday, Dec. 1, activating the City’s Priority Snow Plan.

Crews have now completed the major roads including community and transit routes. They have also finished their work clearing all City-maintained sidewalks, pathways, stairs, and LRT platforms. 

Today, crews will focus on other duties within our snow response. This includes continuing to monitor our major routes and patrolling our residential roadways to ensure smooth conditions. Please note: The City does not clear snow from residential areas – we monitor for rutting and plow or apply material as necessary.

Current Status:

  • Finishing work on major routes (turn lanes, on/off ramps)
  • Clearing bus stops 
  • Clearing designated feeder/collector routes that connect Priority 2 routes. 
  • Working on residential streets, packing down soft snow and levelling out ruts when necessary. Please note: some residential streets are too small or narrow for commercial snow-clearing equipment to work in.
  • Sanding driving lanes when necessary (not curb or parking lanes)
  • Responding to 311 Service requests

Please note: The City does not have budget to: 

  • Plow residential roads down to bare pavement 
  • Haul snow from residential areas 
  • Clear back lanes or alleyways 
  • Clear sidewalks bordering private homes or businesses; this is the responsibility of the home/business owner 
  • Clear snow on walkways between homes

We encourage you to plan ahead before heading out the door. 

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.

Before, during and after snowfall we provide updates and important information for Calgarians. The City responds to snow events using a Council-approved priority snow plan. This plan follows priorities set out by The City’s Snow and Ice Control policy.

Areas not cleared by The City

The City does not have Council approval or budget to:

  • Remove snow on residential streets, and most roadways.
    • Residential streets are always monitored following each snow event; crews will level ruts and apply materials as needed
  • Clear sidewalks bordering private homes or businesses; this is the responsibility of the home/business owner
  • Clear back lanes or alleyways
  • Clear snow on engineered walkways: the pedestrian/cycling thoroughfares located between private properties, usually with a barrier at either end to prevent motorized access

Calgary’s Provincial Highways

Snow operations on Stoney Trail, Deerfoot Trail and Tsuut’ina Trail / Southwest Ring Road are managed by the province of Alberta. Visit 511 Alberta Road Report for current road conditions, or report a concern:

  • On Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail North, call Carmacks Maintenance Services at 403-543-8750.
  • On Stoney Trail S.E., call Mainroad Chinook Contracting at 1-877-898-7623.
  • On Tsuut’ina Trail / Southwest Ring Road, call Alberta Highway Services Ltd. at 403-212-0565

Current snow conditions update

Visit this page to stay up-to-date on current conditions and City operations, and/or:

  • Watch or listen to local weather reports
  • Follow @yyctransport on Twitter
  • Call 311 and listen to the automated message

Our crews work to maintain good driving conditions following snowfall, but some roads can still be icy and snow covered. Adapt to the current conditions: slow down, watch for ice and leave plenty of space.

To report safety issues related to snow on Calgary roads, please submit an online service request. eService - Report snow and ice on roads concern

For all other snow-related concerns, visit the Snow and ice concerns page and select the eService button that best fits your concern.

Road Conditions map

View the Road Conditions map to see real-time information on which roads have been plowed.


Priority 1 and 2 Routes

To see which streets are cleared as Priority 1 and 2 routes, visit the Snow and Ice Control Priority Routes map.


Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail

Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail are maintained by the Province of Alberta. Visit Alberta’s Road Reports site for current conditions.


Report snow and ice concerns

Contact 311 to report safety or accessibility issues caused by snow and ice.


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