What happens when a weather system from the south combines with a weather system from the north? Well, if southern Alberta is any indication at the moment, you get a lot of snow.
Calgarians are waking up to more than 20 centimetres of snow in some areas of the city this morning, making the commute into the office a little more stressful than most would like on a Friday.
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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.
According to the Calgary Herald, emergency crews responded to hundreds of collisions around the lower part of the province yesterday. In Calgary, 12 injury collisions and 182 non-injury collisions were phone into police between midnight and 4 p.m. Thursday.
Among the accidents was a crash that killed a Brooks couple, the Herald reports. The seniors, both in their 70s, were heading south on Highway 542 and Highway 36 when their van lost control on a bridge and rolled off the highway down a steep embankment. The wife died on scene and her husband was declared dead later in hospital.
Weather warnings remain in effect for all of southern Alberta and many regions of central Alberta now face snowfall warnings as well.
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,
Drumheller, Three Hills,
Olds, Airdrie, Cochrane, sundre,
Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail,
Hanna, Coronation, Oyen,
Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Suffield and
Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan
These areas can expect to see snow continuing into Saturday morning. Central Alberta can expect a further 10 to 20 centimetres, while the southern part of the province can expect another 5-10 centrimetres. In some areas of southwestern Alberta a total of 40 centimetres is expected to fall during the three-day storm.
The heavy amount of snow is havoc on highways, many with reduced visibility and slippery conditions. The Alberta Motor Association reports Highway 12 from Stettler to Red Deer is slippery and highways around Three Hills are in poor condition with black ice and blowing snow. Additionally, Highway 14 past Highway 21 is very icy, reports AMA.
Despite big dump of snow, the City of Calgary said there will be no parking ban prior to Sunday as they are currently working on “behind-the-scenes technology maintenance.” No bans will be in place between Nov. 7 to 11, Nov. 14 to 18, or Dec. 5 to 9.
That said, Calgarians are being asked to consider moving their vehicles from the roads to assist with snow removal.
And while most will spend the weekend cursing the snow, the news is good for skiers hoping to hit up opening day at two southern Alberta ski hills.
"Huge #snow @SunshineVillage in #Banff right now! Pow Pow. #Follow and come #ski with us this season," Sunshine Village tweeted Thursday afternoon.
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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.