Annnd the snow is back!

With the fresh snowfall hitting Airdrie and area, some drivers are facing the usual car issues - being stuck and in need of a tow. We spoke with Ryan Lemont, Director of Fleet Operations with the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) about the current wait times for service calls.

"North of Calgary, particularly in the Airdrie and Crossfield area, we're seeing wait times for full service, so for full towing, in and around the five-hour wait mark. Same with light service so boosts and unlocks, tire changes, so we're quoting about five hours as well."

Last month, AMA saw a 24-hour wait time but that was due to issues caused by extremely cold temperatures. According to Lemont, this is another story. These wait times are not due to a high volume of calls or extreme cold issues. With the large accumulations of snow, it becomes difficult for AMA agents to get out there quickly. Mobility becomes the issue and AMA exercises caution when driving out to calls.

Lemont explains what could potentially happen if the snowfall does not subside over the day.

"As we go throughout the day if we continue seeing that snow, it makes it difficult for us to get to those calls, it could very well get to those 24-hour wait times. Also in saying that, looking into the forecast we are seeing some plus temperatures so hopefully that melts some of the snow out there and clears up the roads a little bit."

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