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Calgary Blizzard: Parking Ban Issued, City Cleans Up After Heavy Snowfall (PHOTOS)


A snow route parking ban has been issued in Calgary as the city recovers from a blizzard that left 15-20 centimetres of snow over parts of Alberta.

The ban is in effect starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to allow city crews to clean build-up snow on roads. For the first time, the Calgary Parking Authority plans to use automatic enforcement for the parking ban, and violators can be caught on camera, Metro News reports.

The City of Calgary says it received just under one thousand service requests related to snow and ice concerns, between 12 a.m. on Dec. 2 and 12 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Calgary police responded to over 200 crashes in 24 hours, including 24 that involved injuries, CBC News reports.

"Our units were responding all night to people that were stranded, as well as helping them out when they ended up having accidents,” said Duty Insp. Guy Baker.

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Blizzard In Alberta: Dec. 2-3, 2013

Calgary Transit asked commuters to allow extra time for travel as detours and delays were expected throughout the city.

While schools remained open, the Calgary Board of Education cancelled bus services on Tuesday. Regular service will return on Wednesday.

Parents were warned that buses may be delayed and may be unable to access some residential areas due to severe weather conditions.

The City of Edmonton has also declared a snow route parking ban beginning 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Some flights at the Calgary International Airport were also cancelled or delayed and travellers were asked to prepare for longer wait times.

The City of Calgary asked residents to be patient with garbage and recycling collection Tuesday, as many trucks were delayed. Residents in some areas may not have their garbage collected Tuesday, and were asked to save it until next week.

Temperatures are expected to drop before warming up, with a high of -18 C, -30 with wind chill, in the forecast for Wednesday, according to Environment Canada.

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