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Sunday marked Calgary’s snowiest September day in history

WATCH: Calgary is starting to dig out after over 30 centimetres of snow fell over the weekend. Michael King reports.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A prior version of this story stated Sunday was one of the snowiest September days in Calgary’s history. However, Global News has confirmed it was the snowiest September day in history. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information. We regret the error. 

For those Calgarians thinking the snow just would not stop on Sunday — you’re not wrong.

As the flakes continued to fall through the weekend, the city of Calgary accumulated a new snowfall record for Sept. 29.

WATCH: Alberta residents capture heavy snowfall during September storm

Alberta residents capture heavy snowfall during September winter storm
Alberta residents capture heavy snowfall during September winter storm

According to Environment Canada, 24.6 centimetres of snow fell at the YYC Calgary international airport on Sunday — which is more than nine centimetres higher than the previous record for Sept. 29 when 15.5 centimetres fell on Sept. 29, 1925. That total is also nearly two centimetres higher than the single-day snowfall record for the month of September when 22.9 centimetres fell in Calgary on Sept. 19, 1895, making Sunday the snowiest September day on record in Calgary.

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WATCH: Southern Alberta farmers are dealing with the fallout from a massive weekend snowstorm during the last weekend of September. As Silvana Benolich reports, many are still in the middle of harvest.

Southern Alberta snowstorm hampers harvest
Southern Alberta snowstorm hampers harvest

A snowfall warning issued for the city of Calgary and Rocky View County near Cochrane was cancelled as of Monday at 10:30 a.m. Environment Canada had been forecasting anywhere between 15 to 25 centimetres of snow to fall by Monday afternoon.

Snowfall warnings also remained in effect for other parts of southwestern Alberta, and some parts of the province saw as much as 80 centimetres of snow fall by 4 p.m. on Sunday, according to social media and Environment Canada.

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“This vigorous low pressure system interacted with terrain in the southwest to bring total snowfall amounts as high as 80 centimetres, and blowing snow and gusty westerly winds behind the low as it moves eastward,” the national weather agency said in an update Sunday afternoon.

WATCH: Calgarians were greeted with a blast of winter weather on the weekend, with the white stuff totalling a September snowfall record on Sunday. Doug Vaessen reports on the impacts and cleanup process.

Sunday marked Calgary’s snowiest September day in history
Sunday marked Calgary’s snowiest September day in history

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According to Environment Canada, Pekisko saw 54 centimetres by 4 p.m., Milk River saw 31 centimetres and as of 10 p.m. Sunday, 95 centimetres of snow had fallen in Waterton Lakes National Park.

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There were a large number of crashes overnight. According to the Calgary Police Service, 245 collisions were reported between midnight and 8 a.m. on Monday.

Of those crashes, 27 resulted in injuries and 33 were hit-and-runs — one of which resulted in injury.

Ski resorts rejoicing

While some in the region might be grumbling about taking their snow brushes and shovels so soon, the dump of snow is a welcome sight for area ski hills.

Panorama said Sunday marked the earliest snow-making start in the hill’s history.

Snow guns seen making snow at Panorama Mountain Resort over the Sept. 27, 2019 weekend -- the earliest in the hill's history.
Snow guns seen making snow at Panorama Mountain Resort over the Sept. 27, 2019 weekend -- the earliest in the hill's history. Panorama Mountain Resort
Snow guns seen making snow at Panorama Mountain Resort over the Sept. 27, 2019 weekend -- the earliest in the hill's history.
Snow guns seen making snow at Panorama Mountain Resort over the Sept. 27, 2019 weekend -- the earliest in the hill's history. Panorama Mountain Resort
Snow guns seen making snow at Panorama Mountain Resort over the Sept. 27, 2019 weekend -- the earliest in the hill's history.
Snow guns seen making snow at Panorama Mountain Resort over the Sept. 27, 2019 weekend -- the earliest in the hill's history. Panorama Mountain Resort

“Panorama Mountain Resort has started up their snow-making system nearly a month ahead of schedule as the storm to hit southeastern B.C. and southern Alberta over the weekend brought with it cold temperatures and the first significant snowfall of the season,” the resort said.

“The resort is taking full advantage of the early cold temperatures with snow-making underway on two of their main runs. Panorama has over 220 snow guns positioned across the mountain which will be utilized as snow-making reaches its peak in October and November.”

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