The national weather agency said snowfall amounts would be “highly variable,” with areas at higher elevations potentially seeing upwards of 25 centimetres by the time the snow comes to an end on Tuesday evening.
Good morning!! It'll be a blustery Tuesday so bundle up and pack your patience. Strong winds will reduce visibility and make it feel much colder. #YYC #Alberta #ABstorm pic.twitter.com/6tJsmh0FTt
CALGARY – Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for areas throughout southern Alberta as between 10 and 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the region Tuesday.
Tuesdays warning said drivers should prepare for quickly-changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
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Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow, Environment Canada stated.
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The Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit is currently on the scene of a suspicious death in the southeast community of McKenzie Lake.
The snowfall is due to a southward moving cold front and Global News meteorologist Tiffany Lizée said snow won’t be the city’s only challenge on Tuesday.
“Strong, brisk northerly winds will gust between 30-50 km/h today, reducing visibility and making it feel much cooler,” Lizée said.
She said skies will clear overnight into Wednesday, with temperatures expected to climb near double digits as into the Thanksgiving long weekend.
The snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada includes a stretch of southwestern Alberta along the B.C. border stretching from Waterton Lakes National Park, Pincher Creek and Crownest Pass to Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff and Jasper.
Environment Canada warns to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
Chris McGeachy with the City of Calgary said crews worked throughout the night, applying salt to the roads to help melt snow and prevent ice from building up.
Geachy says theyre still within that budget for 2019, with just under $15 million remaining until the end of the year.
A snowfall warning is in effect for Calgary. You can check all Alberta weather alerts here. You can also check Canada-wide weather alerts here.
Give yourself extra time to get anywhere today! Roads are wet right now and conditions will likely get icy and slushy as temperatures continue to drop.#ABstorm #ABroads #YYC #YQL #Alberta pic.twitter.com/yFAforTtCs
Speaking with Global Calgary on Tuesday morning, McGeachy said although roads are in fairly good condition, they are encouraging Calgarians to drive for winter conditions.
Our crews are … Working 24/7 and we do expect our plowing operations will intensify through the day as the snow becomes heavier, McGeachy said.
The roads seem pretty good but there could be icy spots on bridge decks, on-off ramps and at intersections.”
McGeachy is urging motorists to leave plenty of time to get to their destination and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
With temperatures slowly dipping below the freezing mark, the snow was gradually starting to accumulate on streets and sidewalks on Tuesday morning.
Conditions were beginning to get slippery on roadways at the northern and western parts of the city, with major delays reported on the hill at Shaganappi Trail at John Laurie Boulevard N.W.
In the Environment Canada forecast, the temperature in Calgary is expected to drop slowly through the day to about – 6 C as the snowfall intensifies.
In a snowfall warning for Calgary, Environment Canada says the city could get about 10 cm by the time the snow tapers off Tuesday night.
However, the cold front carrying the precipitation is an unstable one, making it possible the warning will be expanded later in the day.
"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow."
Snowfall warnings are in place all through southwestern Alberta. The Foothills and the mountain parks could get up to 25 cm by the time the snow ends Tuesday evening.
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