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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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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