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Decision on seasonal parking ban expected Thursday
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012 2:08PM MST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012 6:37AM MST
Officials officially issued a weather warning for the Edmonton area early Wednesday afternoon, while police throughout the province warned drivers about white-out conditions.
Just before 1 p.m. Environment Canada officially issued a snowfall warning for communities in and around the Edmonton area, including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg, Leduc, Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Tofield.
The warning was lifted later in the afternoon.
It’s estimated about 5 to 15 cm of snow fell between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m.
Police in and around the capital region were also busy with poor road conditions brought on by the snow.
RCMP also sent out a warning late Wednesday morning, advising drivers to avoid driving in the area due to low visibility, and the slippery conditions.
Several vehicles ended up in the ditch on area highways – Ponoka RCMP said between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., 13 vehicles ended up in the ditch at the Highway 2A overpass.
Edmonton police said a total of 94 collisions were reported in the city between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. - with nine of those resulting in injuries.
One CTV News vehicle also fell victim to the slippery streets.
CTV’s Carmen Leibel and photojournalist Chris Hanslik were driving between events Wednesday, when their vehicle slid into a ditch on the highway near Stony Plain.
The pair found refuge with the Klassen family, who let them warm up in their home.
They waited for a tow truck to help pull them out, however, when the tow truck arrived it slid into the ditch as well.
More than two hours later another tow truck arrived to pull everyone out.
The city announced Wednesday that plows and sanders had been dispatched to deal with accumulating snow on arterial roads, collector routes, hills and bridge decks.
“We didn’t have a lot of time before peak hour, but we had a light snowfall this morning,” Director of Roadway Maintenance Bob Dunford said. “We were already mobilized we just had to step it up a little out on the river valley hills and on the major commuter routes to get everybody through the afternoon commute.”
Graders will also be brought in overnight to help city crews clear the snow ahead of the morning commute.
The city will decide overnight whether to impose a seasonal parking ban.
With files from Kim Taylor
A tow truck can be seen after sliding off the road near Stony Plain on Wednesday, December 5