Get ready for a huge hammering of snow, Alberta.
Hot on the heels of a storm that blanketed parts of northern Alberta yesterday, including Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for almost all of the southern portion of the province.
According to Environment Canada, a storm system over the American Rockies will bring heavy snow all day Thursday, continuing Friday and ending Saturday morning. The snow will intensify as it passes over the Pincher Creek area Thursday afternoon and spread northeast. The heaviest snow is expected in parts of Crowsnest Pass and Cardston, with up to 35 centimetres falling by Saturday morning. The rest of southern Alberta can expect to see between 10 and 25 centimetres.
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Despite heavy snowfall, two people walk through the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Nov .8, 2012. The project is set up each year for Remembrance Day and more than 3000 crosses bear the name and a Canadian flag for Albertans killed in wartime.
Snow #art at #OlympicPlaza #yyc
LOVE this photo of Olympic Oval Speed Skaters shoveling strangers walks. Donate $10 here
Heavy snow falls on a new wreath and poppies laid in front of a grave at the military section of the Burnsland Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
This is a current shot of the Trans-Canada (16th Ave) in #yyc. Messy and slick.
The official Global Television snow ruler recording 11 cm on the picnic table. Another 15 to 20 cm on the way. #yyc
"@YorchCalgarian: This morning... #yyc #ABStorm pic.twitter.com/540toMxe" Frozen friend
#YYC SNOW PLOWS ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE!!!!
My car is an igloo!
Go to work, no snow on car. Get back from work. Lots of snow on car.
Smart or lazy? I'm on the fence on this one #yeg
Bow Trail SW eastbound. 5 vehicles involved including school bus. Be careful out there #yyc
And the snow strikes #yyc again :(
Happy Every Bus Is Late Day! #yyc
Goodnight #yyc #snow #love
Winter wonderland in #YEG. Hoping it's looking better in #YYC when I get home!
Snowy morning at #yyc airport. @WestJet
Pretty to look at, if you don't have to drive in it. ; ).
A blustery drive from #yyc to @sunshinevillage today. Just driving thru an accident scene. Drive safe take it slow
Sorry #yyc.... Blackfoot closed.Not my fault I swear.
poor little #pigeons huddling in the snow
More snowflakes on the way in #yyc
A pedestrian crosses a snow-covered street in Edmonton Alberta Wednesday November 7, 2012. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Capital Region.
Dallas Strangway is covered in snow while out for a walk in Edmonton Alberta Wednesday November 7, 2012. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Capital Region.
Charlie Cobban walks down snow-covered stairs in Edmonton, Alberta Wednesday November 7, 2012. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Capital Region.
The areas affected by snowfall warnings include:
- The City of Calgary,
- Okotoks, High River, Claresholm,
- Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton,
- Cardston, Fort MacLeod, Magrath,
- Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River,
- Cyress Hills Provincial Park,
- Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Suffield and
- Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan
The Calgary Herald reports that temperatures will also dip as the storm progresses; creating a windchill in the -23 C range.
Road conditions in Calgary Thursday morning were troublesome for commuters, with 34 collisions reported to police before 9 a.m., the Herald reports. Calgary Police Services said they responded to six collisions causing injury and 28 non-injury accidents.
Meanwhile, Edmonton continues to dig out after as much as 31 centimeters of snow fell Wednesday.
Police responded to more than 200 crashes Wednesday and an additional 23 Thursday morning, according to the Edmonton Journal. At least a dozen people were injured and one person died in the crashes.
Edmonton body shops were struggling to keep up as a steady stream of tow trucks brought in damaged cars and trucks.
"Our afternoon was very, very busy," Herbers Autobody Repair employee Rodd Hallett told the Journal. "The phones were going crazy. I'd phrase it as being chaotic all day."
Perhaps the only people thrilled with the big dump of snow are the province's skiers and snowboarders, who will hit the hills this weekend to what will likely be impressive openings at Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Marmot Basin ski resorts.
UPDATE: The City of Edmonton has announced a parking ban will go into effect on designated routes Friday morning at 7 a.m.
UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. -- Canmore RCMP are advising that travel is not recommended on Highway 1, both east and west bound, from Highway 1X to the Banff Park gates. The highway is currently very icy with blowing snow and reduced visibility.
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My internal weather meter has now reset to Canadian Winter, now I'm all "what's everyone whining about, the roads aren't that bad." #yeg
Ok #yeg, lets all drive safe today; and remember that this is Alberta, so NO COMPLAINING about the weather!
To the people driving around with 20cms of snow on your roof… you are stupid #yeg #thatisall
Holy Wah! That was a major snow storm, #yeg Please remember those children in need of jackets, mitts and toques. Donations needed
It's not everyday that one gets to feel how it would be to live in a Snow Globe. Minus slippery roads,it really is a beautiful day in #yyc
So much snow today, soooo much snoooowww #yyc
Let it snow let it snow let it snow #yyc
Bryan McLaren Bulmer
Snow sneak attack! #yyc
Dancers' Studio West
All the #snow in #yyc makes us wonder: snow angels or snowmen? Which would you rather make right now? #dancinginthesnow
I loooove you snow. You are beautiful just the way you are, don't listen to what any other #yyc jerks say. T http://t.co/qK7XwgXg
Allow me to remind everyone where there is currently no snow, @disneyland. #yyc @disney
#yyc winter snow is fun... Oh wait its not winter, this is just a wintery fart
Some people love #yeg weather, some hate it, and some are all "weather? I work in a windowless lab" #science #lablife
Paul Plugged Into GP
I was gonna bitch about our #gpab weather till I saw the #yeg weather...Never mind, we're good.