Heavy snowfall prompts Calgary parking ban

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Snow woes continue for Calgary.

The city is experiencing its snowiest start to March in recorded weather history.

The white stuff fell for 44 hours straight, starting Thursday night and accumulating to almost one month’s worth of snow in just under two days.

Snow tangled traffic created road chaos throughout the weekend, leading the City of Calgary to issue its third snow route parking ban of the year. The ban prohibits vehicles from parking along major roadways, collector roads and bus routes for up to 72 hours.

“Looking at the progress the crews are making, it’s looking like we will be done early.”

In the first six hours of the ban, more than 200 parking tickets were issued to vehicles that weren’t moved while road crews worked to clear 30-plus centimetres of snow.

“Right now, looking at the progress the crews are making, it’s looking like we will be done early,” said City roads department spokeswoman Tara Norton-Merrin.

“We just have to wait to see if it (the ban) will be lifted (Monday) or (Tuesday),” she said, adding crews had already cleared priority one routes such and were about halfway through priority two routes, such as Kensington Road.

Mother Nature is also expected to start lending a hand in cleaning up the icy mess. Temperatures are forecast to rise above zero by Friday, when 3 C is the predicted high.

— Mason DePatie

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