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Calgary digging out after wintry Family Day weekend

Well, all this Calgary snow has been really fun, but…

Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning for the City of Calgary, and for much of southwestern Alberta.

The alert issued at 3:43 p.m. Sunday said that significant snowfall could be expected Sunday night through Tuesday.  They warned snowfall totals could hit 40 centimetres by Tuesday night. An update at 4:31 a.m. on Feb. 21 said it will snow throughout the day with total accumulation in the City of Calgary would be between 15 and 30 centimentres.

If you want to know where the City of Calgary snow plows and sanding trucks are, you can visit their website. The City provided an update on snow conditions in the city early Tuesday morning.

“Approximately 15 cms of snow has fallen in Calgary since Sunday night. Crews have been working on the major routes, plowing snow from the through-lanes and putting down material to help with traction. They will continue this work today,” their post reads.

The City said additional crews have been brought in to handle snow-clearing efforts. Crews are maintaining Priority 1 routes and business routes in the downtown core.

The City hasn’t yet made a decision on declaring a snow route parking ban.

The Calgary snow storms

Environment Canada said two distinct weather systems were to blame for the wintry blast.

First, five to 10 cm were expected by Monday morning as an initial cold front moved into the area. They expected higher accumulations in some areas, especially those along the foothills west of Calgary, they said.  Snowfall amounts were forecast to reach between 10 and 20 cms.

The second system started late Monday afternoon, Environment Canada said. Another 15 to 25 centimetres were forecast to fall.

The system began between Jasper and Grand Cache and moved south.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” the online alert read.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”

After the snow, Calgary forecasts show daytime high temperatures not even cracking minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Tuesday’s forecast shows -16 Celsius, while Wednesday is -22C and Thursday is -24C.  The overnight low on Thursday is forecast at -34C.

It warms up to -11C on Friday.

For more information, or to stay on top of the changing weather forecast over the next few days, you can find the Environment Canada weather alerts here.