Snow warning in effect for Calgary and surrounding areas

By Saturday, temperatures will drop and snow is expected to return

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Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Calgary as the city and other parts of southwestern Alberta are expected to see heavy snowfall over the next two days, followed by a deep freeze over the weekend. -end.

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The weather agency issued the warning at 4:21 a.m. Tuesday morning, predicting that Calgary could see between 10 and 20 centimeters of snow by Wednesday evening.

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“There will probably be a lot of differences with the system, especially if you’re heading west. You might even see already heavy accumulations just west of Calgary, with the worst snowfall expected tonight and tomorrow morning,” said Kyle Fougere of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The alert is also in effect for a number of areas surrounding Calgary, including the Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre areas as well as the Crowsnest Pass, High River, Kananaskis, Drumheller and Cardston areas.

Heavy snowfall was also expected for these regions beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, with the possibility of total amounts exceeding 30 cm in mountainous areas, Environment Canada said.

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Fougere said with the system moving north, regions further east are likely to see watches and warnings for snowfall over the next 24 to 48 hours.

“Currently the conditions aren’t that bad in the Calgary area, but as you head west it’s snowing. Travel conditions could therefore be very poor today and tomorrow, especially as we will have this heavier snow overnight,” he said. “Anyone who has travel plans should really pay attention to the weather and maybe try to divert those travel plans if possible at a time when the weather isn’t as bad.”

By Saturday, temperatures will drop and snow is expected to return. Highs of -12 C and -14 C are forecast for Sunday and Monday.

The City of Calgary began preparing equipment and applying anti-icing materials to major roads ahead of snowfall, city spokesman Chris McGeachy said.

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“Our crews will work on high volume routes whenever snow begins to fall in accordance with our priority snow plan,” he said. “We are working to ensure that as many people as possible move safely through our hallways.”

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While clearing the Deerfoot and Stoney trails is the responsibility of the provincial government, McGeachy said city crews often clear some of the ramps that lead to major roads that make more than 20,000 daily trips.

“We just want to remind people that the best thing they can do right now is adapt… The weather is going to get quite cold and we’re going to see a lot of snow, so allow plenty of time to get to where you want to be. need it. to get there if you can, put on those snow tires and leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

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Vinnie Hetu, Cochrane Alberta RCMP Traffic NCO, said it’s a good time of year to remind all drivers of the importance of being prepared for winter driving. .

“Particularly at events where we have these Environment Canada watches and warnings in place, we want to remind people to plan ahead…Use tools like the AMA road report so you can get a good general idea of ​​the road conditions you’re facing before you even take those highways,” he said.

On Tuesday evening Cochrane RCMP issued a news release warning drivers to avoid the scene of a serious collision on Route 1 between Ridge Road and Hermitage Road. Officers noted winter weather conditions are impacting the roads as they began diverting traffic west around the collision.

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RCMP Collision Reconstruction Specialist arrives to investigate what happened between a tractor-trailer and an SUV. EMS was on the scene when the release came out at 6:20 p.m.; however, no details were provided on any injuries sustained by those involved in the accident.

“Multiple collisions are being reported in the Cochrane area due to changes in weather and road conditions,” RCMP said. “Motorists are asked to drive with extreme caution; black ice and changing conditions impact visibility and surface traction on the road.

Cochrane RCMP and area emergency services personnel will slow traffic along Highway 1A and Highway 1 through and near Cochrane due to the volume of collision reports and vehicles in the ditch.

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