Unless you plan to spend the day skiing or on a toboggan, it will be an tough start to the week as the city continues to uncover roads clogged by the blizzard that smothered the region this weekend.
After 29cm of snow accumulation, which began on Friday, the Edmonton area could see another centimetre of snow, accompanied by colder temperatures closer to -25 C with wind chill.
AMA reporting a 30 hour wait for tows. 90 per cent of calls are from drivers stuck in parking lots and residential streets. Traffic on many main streets free-flowing with plows clearing down to the pavement. Most problems on residential streets and parking lots. Some drivers getting stuck at the LRT lot at Century Park. Others trapped on residential roads are abandoning cars completely. .
City holding availability at 2 p.m to update winter road maintenance. Conditions looking up at Century Park LRT after some vehicles were stuck trying to park and ride this morning. Two plows are here right now clearing the lot.
City's Director of Roadway Maintenance asking drivers to avoid parking on side streets. Bob Dunford also telling homeowners to keep snow from your property off of the road. Shovelling it on to the street creating more work for crews.
Check flight statuses for the Edmonton International Airport and more.
Main roads are all well plowed....same with shopping centres in the Oliver area.
Mother Earths Childrens Charter School is open, although buses are not running.
Holy Spirit in Devon, John Paul II in Stony Plain, St. Joseph/St. Marguerite/St. Thomas Aquinas in Spruce Grove are open, buses are not running.
A power outage at Ministik School in Strathcona County has forced the school to close for the day.
Meals on Wheels tells us they've had to call in extra volunteers b/c of the storm.
Motorists stranded in the town of Strathmore are slowly leaving the area. One eastbound lane of Hwy 1 has been opened.
Strathmore residents, the church and local school took in around 250 stranded people over the weekend, including their pets.
Residents are now beginning to dig out from the storm. Only a few cars are still in the ditch along the Trans-Canada between Calgary and Strathmore.
SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATIONS:
Parkland County including service to Wild Rose, Devon Christian, Living Waters & Evergreen Catholic. Elk Island Public & Catholic School Div. , Hobbema Transport & Kistakikinaw Kindergarten & Playschool. Plus no service for 100 Voices Program at Edm Catholic Schools. Black Gold School Div. & St. Thomas Aquinas
AMA is reporting that the wait for a tow truck in the Edmonton area is 8 hours or more.
Global Edmonton's meteorologist Nicola Crosbie is predicting that we could see another 20 cms of snow towards the end of the week! Yikes!
Lots of people still have to work! On our way to catch up with a Canada Post worker in the middle of his day...
AMA reporting that the wait for a tow truck in Calgary is between 4 and 8 hours.
Update from Edmonton Catholic and Public Schools. Here's what they had to say in a news release:
"Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th, Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools will be cancelling noon hour Kindergarten transportation for the rest of the week. School buses are finding it difficult and sometimes impossible to drive on residential streets and we are concerned about the safety of all students. "
Dozens of people continue to be stranded in Bassano. Gord Bailey with QR77 has been finding shelter in a restaurant there since 6:00p.m. Saturday night, along with 50 other people.
Bailey says so far there's still no word on when the roads will be opened.
Edmonton Catholic Schools is also cancelling transportation for the Early Learning Program 100 Voices for the rest of the week. This situation will be reviewed on Friday, January 14th at which time schools and parents will be notified as to the status of this cancellation.
AMA says actual wait time for tows and winches in the Edmonton area is actually closer to 30 hours. Most people waiting for help are in parking lots or residential streets.
Global Edmonton intern Linda Hoang has captured some great shots of the snow outside! Check them out.
The City of Edmonton was supposed to start collecting Christmas trees today - Jan 10 - but due to snowfall accumulation the process has been put on hold.