Snow’s return to Calgary creates slick driving conditions

An overnight snowfall is making for an icy, slippery morning commute in Calgary.

The snow resulted in multiple collisions and major disruptions both in and out of the city on Monday.

But city crews are ready for the winter weather, even though it comes right after a long run of sunny days, said Calgary Roads spokesperson Chris McGeachy.

“Our crews have actually been on the 24/7 snow schedule since the middle of October,” he said.

“So we will have a full complement of staff working overnight. So those crews will be working overnight and into the morning applying material to the road to make it safe.”

Police and the city are both reminding motorists to drive to the conditions.

“We just remind citizens slow down and leave enough room between their vehicles and the vehicles in front and take their time getting to where they need to go,” McGeachy said.

Several collisions in the Calgary area Monday afternoon and into the evening sent multiple people to hospital and closed part of Highway 1 for more than an hour west of the city.

Calgary is expected to see periods of light snow through the day on Tuesday with a high of – 6 C, according to Environment Canada.

South of Calgary, RCMP are warning motorists that conditions are icy on Highway 3 from Cowley to Pincher Creek and the surrounding areas.

“Motorists are asked to avoid travel in the area as ice is making driving conditions very hazardous. Several vehicles have been reported to have collided with ditches as a result of icy conditions,” RCMP said in a release.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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