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10-20 cm of snow expected after warning issued for Calgary, Lethbridge and surrounding areas

Calgary receives 6 cm of snow with additional 10-15 cm expected on Sunday
WATCH (Nov. 10, 2019): Calgary received about six centimetres of snow overnight and it's expected to get an additional 10-15 cm on Sunday.

A snowfall warning was issued for Calgary and surrounding areas on Saturday.

Environment Canada issued the warning at 4:30 a.m., saying that 10 to 20 centimetres of snow was expected for the city in addition to other spots in southern Alberta:

  • Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre
  • Banff National Park
  • Kananaskis and Canmore
  • Okotoks, High River and Claresholm
  • Drumheller and Three Hills
  • Brooks, Strathmore and Vulcan
  • Lethbridge, Taber and Milk River
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Foremost
  • Medicine Hat, Bow Island and Suffield

“A strong cold front will result in heavy snow over parts of southern Alberta this weekend,” the weather agency said.

The most intense snow was expected on Saturday overnight.

Heavy snow was expected Saturday evening in southern Alberta, the agency said. Ten centimetres will be on the ground by Sunday morning, but some areas could see upwards of 20 cm. Near the foothills and Cypress Hills, the snowfall could hit 25 cm.

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Temperatures were expected to fall throughout Saturday as the cold front passed, according to the agency. Environment Canada explained that temperatures would also be low on Sunday as skies cleared and a high-pressure ridge built in from the north.

Roads get slick as bad weather rolls through Calgary
Roads get slick as bad weather rolls through Calgary

Calgary police said that on Saturday from midnight to 3:15 p.m., there were 79 crashes in the city. EMS said they only responded to a handful of those collisions — none of which were serious.

“Definitely a reminder to motorists to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready and roadworthy if you’re going to be leaving the city, including proper tires, proper tire inflation, carrying additional emergency kits if you travel, a charged cell phone, and just expect to spend more time on your drive than usual,” said EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux.

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By Sunday at noon, snowfall warnings ended for each spot except:

  • Brooks, Strathmore and Vulcan
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Foremost​
  • Kananaskis and Canmore
  • Lethbridge, Taber and Milk River
  • Okotoks, High River and Claresholm

A snowfall warning was also issued for Edmonton and surrounding areas.

For a complete list of areas in Alberta that have been issued a weather alert, click here.

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