PHOTOS: Calgary digs out of an overnight snowstorm

Several residents of Hawkwood were clearing their driveways and walkways after the city saw more than 30 cm of snow on Wednesday (Dec 22.) (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

Calgarians dreaming of a white Christmas will get exactly that.

On Wednesday, the city was hit with a snowstorm that dumped more than 30 cm of snow across different communities.

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Across the northwest of the city, shovels and snowblowers were out in full force, neighbours were clearing bus stops, and some residents even got a little creative.

A family clears a bus stop on Hawkwood drive while a dog looks on. Many bus routes in the city were disrupted due to the heavy snowfall on Wednesday (Dec. 22) (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

Transit riders weren’t the only ones having trouble moving around the city. A number of cars were stuck and people tried to push them out of snow banks.

A man helps his son get his car moving after getting it stuck in the snow (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)
A stuck car spins out and tries to get out of the snow. (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

But some cars proved too difficult to move and were just left out in the cold.

A car was stuck and left near a bus stop on John Laurie Blvd in northwest Calgary (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

Regardless of the heavy snow fall, some still had to work. But first, they had to clear the snow.

A security guard clears the snow off of a sidewalk next to Nose Hill Dental Clinic in northwest Calgary. (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

While some had to work, others stayed home and got creative with the snow. The person who built this snowman said that he “gained the COVID 20”

A snowman made in the snowbank on one resident’s driveway. She said “he gained the COVID 20.” (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

While the snow may have made travel difficult, many residents shared the same sentiment. “It’s a good thing we can’t go anywhere anyway,” said one resident who’s car was stuck outside his house.

A car is stuck in a snowbank outside of a person’s house in northwest Calgary.
(OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

And those who wanted to go out, found walking very difficult.

A woman trying to take a walk on Wednesday after the snowfall. (OMAR SHERIF / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY)

Maybe staying home is the best idea today!


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