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City crews continue to prepare roads in advance of winter storm

After a day of freezing rain, icy sidewalks and now with a winter storm warning issued for Edmonton, City of Edmonton snow and ice crews keep battling the winter that won't quit.
Check the conditions, and take time on your morning commute. City crews are working through the extreme weather conditions to keep roads safe. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

It's been a trying few weeks for City of Edmonton snow and ice removal crews with heavy rain and snow falls, an arctic blast and freeze/thaw cycles to contend with. The City reports additional employees were called in on Sunday, putting down abrasive material ahead of Monday's rain and crews were proactively adding salt to roadway surfaces to prevent ice from building up. As a winter storm of high winds and snow continued through the day Monday, crews continued to work on major roadways (Whitemud, Yellowhead, etc.), arterial roadways, business districts, alleys/back lanes in business districts, collector roadways, and transit park and ride access roads. Crews are also in residential areas continuing with blading.

With freezing rain turning into snow, and temperatures rapidly dropping, roads conditions are expected to deteriorate for the Tuesday morning commute. Crews will be working across the city, including in emergent and priority areas such as bridge decks and hills. 

Edmontonians are encouraged to drive to the conditions, leave room for other vehicles, and ensure that there is space for crews to work safely. 

Residents can report concerns to the City on the web or 311 mobile app. For further support, call 311.

Sidewalks remain treacherous, with many akin to a skating rink. Residents are advised extreme caution when venturing out on foot.