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Wintry blast causes school closures in Calgary area

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Calgary school boards’ remain open despite heavy snow Thursday
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An overnight blast of winter is causing school closures in Calgary and the surrounding area on Thursday morning.

Crews were still working to clean up city streets early Thursday, and snow is expected to continue to fall for most of the day.

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A winter storm warning was issued for Calgary and area on Wednesday, with as much as 35 centimetres of snow expected to fall.

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The following schools are closed for the day due to weather:

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  • Edelweiss Prepatory school – 600 Northmount Drive N.W.
  • Strathacona Tweedsmuir School – just outside Okotoks
  • Mountain View Academy N.E. Campus
  • Edge School – Springbank
  • Tanbridge Academy School
  • Khalsa School Calgary
  • Calgary Adacemy
  • Summit West Independent School
  • North Point School – PEP Hockey is also cancelled Thursday
  • Calgary Quest School
  • E.C.I. Learning Academy – Chestermere

Renfrew Educational Services School is open, however buses are not running.

WATCH: A heavy overnight snowfall made for a messy commute in Calgary on Thursday morning. Here’s a look at some city streets from the Global News Cruiser Cam.

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Snowy streets make for messy commute in Calgary Thursday morning

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) said as of 6 a.m. Thursday its schools would be staying open.

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“As always, parents/guardians make their own decisions about sending their children to school,” a statement on the website reads.

“Families and students are assured that all CBE schools will be open to provide a safe and secure environment for attending students.”

Parents of students attending CBE schools were encouraged to make sure they are prepared for the wintry weather with the following recommendations:

  • Children should be well prepared for the weather and not left unattended at bus stops for any period of time, under any circumstances
  • Families should ensure that they have backup care arrangements if transportation is delayed. Children should have a warm place to stay before and after school (i.e. with a neighbour or a nearby relative)
  • Roads may be congested and slippery, resulting in possible traffic and bus delays

WATCH: The snowy weather in Calgary is causing a slow commute and some schools to close for the day. Doug Vassen reports.

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Snow causing slow commute and school closures in Calgary

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