CALGARY – Although we’re still two weeks away from the first day of fall, the city saw its first snowfall of the season on Monday.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement over the weekend warning that rain would turn to flurries as the week began, and they were correct.
“We could see up to five centimeters of snow on Monday,” explained Global Calgary meteorologist Jordan Witzel.
“However, any snow that does accumulate in the city should take place on the soil while the roads remain warm enough to stay bare and wet through the snowfall.”
The City of Calgary agreed, saying they aren’t expecting roads to become snow-covered.
“We’re not anticipating any accumulations on the road,” says Sean Somers with the City of Calgary. “[It] might be wet, might be some splashing happening…so people are still going to have to drive [for] the conditions.”
The storm continued to worsen throughout the day, leading to poor conditions on Deerfoot Trail and the QEII. RCMP asked drivers to slow down, following three minor crashes between Airdrie and Carstairs.
As a result of the heavy snow, a number of trees were downed around the city, which led to power outages in a number of areas.
The bad weather also forced the postponement of the Calgary Flames’ annual celebrity golf tournament, which was scheduled for Tuesday. It has since been moved to Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Calgarians used social media sites like Twitter to share their displeasure with the fluffy white flakes.
For the Banff region, significant accumulations are most likely along the Icefields Parkway as temperatures drop in the afternoon.
Okotoks, High River and Claresholm are included in the same weather statement, while several other communities like Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre are under a snowfall warning.
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