ALBERTA

Snowfall Warnings May Snag Tour Of Alberta

09/04/2015 12:22 EDT | Updated 09/04/2015 12:59 EDT

EDMONTON — A professional cycling race running through Alberta this weekend may have hit a snag — snowfall warnings.

Stage 3 of the Tour of Alberta is scheduled to run from Grande Cache to Jasper on Friday morning.

That's exactly the same area where Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for Thursday night and Friday morning.

Many northwestern communities saw heavy rain Thursday afternoon, including Grande Prairie where Stage 2 of the race had a soggy finish.

By Friday morning, Marmot Basin ski resort was reporting snow on its upper peaks.


Tour of Alberta CEO Duane Vienneau said his team was watching the weather closely but would move forward with the race "unless we deem it unsafe for the cyclists.''

Should the snow pose a safety risk to the racers and production crews, he said his team would go to a Plan B scenario, which could include a number of different options.

"It doesn't necessarily mean that we would stop the race; it means that we would modify the race slightly based on whatever situation arises."

As of Friday morning, the Tour of Alberta tweeted they are ready for a day of racing ahead.


(Global Edmonton)

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