Snowfall warning in effect for Calgary – Calgary – Global News

Snowfall warning in effect for Calgary - Calgary - Global News
Snowfall warning issued for Calgary as cold front blows through Alberta
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Calgary on Tuesday, suggesting that the city could see 10 centimetres of snow throughout the day.

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.

Calgary got another early taste of winter after overnight rain turned into light snow — which gradually built up on roadways and made for a slippery morning commute — courtesy of "an active cold front that raced through much of Alberta," according to Environment Canada.

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

Tuesdays warning said drivers should prepare for quickly-changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow, Environment Canada stated.

Conditions were slippery on many of the major roadways, especially in the northern and western parts of the city. Major delays were reported on the hill at Shaganappi Trail at John Laurie Boulevard northwest.

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The Environment Canada forecast said the temperature in Calgary would drop slowly through the day to about –6 C as the snowfall intensified. The cold front also brought northerly wind gusts up to 50 km/hr.

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.

The snowfall warnings extend all through southwestern Alberta. The Foothills and the mountain parks could get up to 25 cm by the time the snow ends Tuesday evening.

“Strong, brisk northerly winds will gust between 30-50 km/h today, reducing visibility and making it feel much cooler,” Lizée said.

"As of Tuesday morning the cold front is located over southern Alberta and moving eastward into Saskatchewan," Environment Canada said on its website.

She said skies will clear overnight into Wednesday, with temperatures expected to climb near double digits as into the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Calgary police said they responded to 93 collisions between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. — and that six of them involved injuries and 16 of them were hit and runs.

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.

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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.

In its snowfall warning for Calgary, Environment Canada said the city could get about 10 centimetres by the time the snow tapers off Tuesday night.

Geachy says theyre still within that budget for 2019, with just under $15 million remaining until the end of the year.

Calgary Transit says several bus routes are behind schedule, and routes 7, 8, 30, and 69 are on detour until further notice because of the snowfall.

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.

"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions," Environment Canada said.

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 province said highways west of Calgary are partly covered with snow and that visibility is poor.

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.

As part of the citys seven-day snow and ice control plan, crews start to plow, salt and sand so-called Priority 1 routes (roads with traffic volumes exceeding 20,000 a day) such as Crowchild Trail and Macleod Trail once the snow has stopped falling.

Once Priority 1 routes are completed, crews focus on Priority 2 routes (roads which carry 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles a day) like Kensington Road and Acadia Drive.

Crews then turn to clearing Priority 3 and 4 routes, which includes residential areas, school and playground zones.

Between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Calgary police said 93 crashes were reported including six with injuries.

Pedestrians make their way through ice and snow in downtown Calgary on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning as 10 to 25 centimetres is expected to fall on Tuesday.

A southward-moving cold front is bringing snow to much of southern Alberta. Areas at higher elevations could see upwards of 25 cm by Tuesday evening, while areas east of the foothills, including Calgary, will see closer to 10 cm.

The warning states that snowfall amounts will be “highly variable” along the unstable cold front.

There are snowfall warnings along the foothills stretching from Jasper National Park in the north to Crowsnest Pass and Cardston in the south.

A little over a week ago, much of southwestern Alberta was slammed by a near-record snowstorm, with more than 30 cm falling on Calgary.

Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak said Calgarians shouldn’t be surprised by the quickly changing weather at this time of year.

“This is actually a seasonal pattern for October where we get the wild swings from 16 C to -3 C,” he said.

Snow, at times heavy, is expected to continue throughout the day in Calgary before tapering off tonight, when temperatures will plunge to -8 C. North winds gusting to 50 km/h will create a wind chill of -14 C.

Crews would continue focusing on salting and plowing high-volume routes such as Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail throughout the day.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cool, with a high of -1 C. Then a warming trend begins under sunny skies, with a forecast high of 9 C by Saturday.

4 inches (10cm) of snow has fallen over the last hour here in Cochrane, Alberta #abstorm @PrairieChasers 3:20AM pic.twitter.com/8zkymcaTbR

The deck faces southwest. This is not an Instagram boomerang. Its that windy. @CTVdavidspence #priddis 7:14am #abstorm #snow #ShareYourWeather #yyc pic.twitter.com/mAZ7acNaty

Hwy 2 going North between Calgary and Airdrie really poor driving conditions picture taken by my passenger 7-45am #abstorm pic.twitter.com/NklXFENzn6

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.