Drivers are facing some pretty torturous commutes this week, as the Edmonton road conditions have led to a staggering number of collisions in just two days. Between Tuesday, February 11, and Wednesday, February 13, Edmonton police have responded to over 500 collisions that occurred throughout the city due to the icy streets. As a result, the city has halted their blading operations until further notice. 

The snowstorm on Tuesday was followed by visibility issues and frosty road conditions for all drivers, so it's no surprise that the police have had respond to literally hundreds of crashes in the past 48 hours. 

According to CTV News, the police had to act in response to a total of 229 collisions between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Add that to the 279 collisions that were reported by Edmonton Journal on Tuesday, and the police had quite a challenging situation on their hands.

This brings up the total number of collisions to 508 in the last 48 hours.

Of these collisions, 58 of them were hit-and-runs, 32 were injury collisions, and 418 of these crashes led to property damage, according to the statistics posted the Edmonton Journal. 

As a result of the snow accumulation, the City of Edmonton paused their blading efforts on residential streets, which had just begun on Monday anyway, reports Global News

The city decided to suspend blading to focus on fresh snow, said CTV. They will primarily be directing their plowing efforts on Priority 1 and 2 routes.

Officials have told CTV that they hope to resume blading by the end of the week but nothing has been confirmed so far. 

Edmonton has had its share of horrific weather in the past few months, with temperatures in January dipping below -45 C. 

CBC reports that more snow is on the menu for Thursday, as the city expects about 2 centimetres of snow accumulation ahead of Valentine's Day.

Narcity spoke to Edmonton Police, who are urging drivers to be cautious. "We are encouraging motorists to drive to the road conditions and allow extra time for travel, just given the icy conditions. We're responding to collisions as quickly as possible but right now, we are encouraging the drivers to ensure they're driving to the road conditions," an Edmonton Police Service's spokesperson explained. 

 

 

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