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Calgary was covered in four inches of snow when the winter storm blew through

Calgarians woke up Tuesday to streets, sidewalks and cars covered in fresh snow when the city saw up to 40 centimeters of the white material fall overnight.

The snow started on Monday evening and with it came strong north winds that caused disruptive driving conditions and poor visibility.

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In Calgary, southwest Alberta, there will be a major winter storm on Monday. Up to 50 cm of snow is expected

YYC Calgary International Airport saw eight inches of snow at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada.

In other parts of the city the amount of snowfall was between 20 and 40 centimeters, depending on the region.

“There is a lot of it. At the same time, it’s pretty magical at this time of year. It will be nice to see the white Christmas, ”said Calgarian Krista Medhurst.

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1:47Travelers and deliveries affected by the winter storm in southern Alberta


Travelers and Deliveries Affected by the Southern Alberta Winter Storm – December 22, 2020

Robin Boldt agreed, saying his house took advantage of the fresh, fluffy snow.

“I have a house full of children, and when it started snowing they were all ready outside to go for a walk with their father. I think the snow is pretty magical and wonderful, especially in the week before Christmas. “

Calgary police said they responded to 75 collisions from midnight to 4 p.m., including four injured accidents, 56 non-injured accidents and 15 hit and escape crashes.

Emergency responders in town were also busy responding to large numbers of calls but, like many Calgarians this morning, had difficulty getting through snowy streets.

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“There have been a few situations where our ambulances got stuck, mostly on back (and) residential streets, but we managed to break free and get back into service,” said Adam Loria of Calgary EMS.

Loria added that patient care will not be affected.

Photos posted to Global News from across the city and the communities on the outskirts showed deep snow.

Snow seen in the Calgary township of Glamorgan on Tuesday December 22nd.

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A snow-covered back deck can be seen in Bragg Creek on Tuesday, December 22nd.

A snow-covered back deck can be seen in Bragg Creek on Tuesday, December 22nd.

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Several Calgary transit buses struggled early Tuesday morning. The transit authority tweeted that many routes were diverted and that some communities were inaccessible.

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“Many buses are stuck on main roads, as are most of them that are stuck in the communities,” said a tweet.

#CTRiders Update; Forecast calls for heavy snow at times due to the AM rush and into the early afternoon
Many buses are stuck on main roads and most of them are in communities. Http://t.co/lSRUnb1qPz pic.twitter.com/TAILpTn6tH

– Calgary Transit (@calgarytransit) December 22, 2020

Calgary Transit advised drivers to keep an eye on their Twitter feed for updates.

The city’s transportation department also tweeted that given the amount of snow that had fallen, the crews were focusing on priority 1 routes that have the busiest traffic in the city, such as the Crowchild and Glenmore trails.

Emergency crews tend to a car in the Calgary Trench during heavy snowfall on December 22, 2020.

Emergency crews tend to a car in the Calgary Trench during heavy snowfall on December 22, 2020.

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A snow plow clears snow on a Calgary street on December 22nd after more than 8 inches of fall overnight.

A snow plow clears snow on a Calgary street on December 22nd after more than 8 inches of fall overnight.

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“While the road conditions may seem good, citizens are reminded to drive in winter conditions,” the city said.

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Good morning, our crews are concentrating on busy roads – although a lot of snow can still be expected today. Stay safe out there and give our equipment plenty of room to work. #yycsnow #yyctraffic pic.twitter.com/Q1Vem69jzT

– YYC Transportation (@yyctransport) December 22, 2020

Alberta RCMP also advised drivers to stay away from Highway 40 and Highway 1 on Tuesday morning due to “extremely poor” driving conditions.

“Canmore RCMP advises against non-essential trips on Highway 1 West from Exit 114 to Banff Park Gates as road crews are working to clear the road surface from drifting snow,” said a press release on Both East and West and entrances and exits were slippery.


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4:04Road safety in extreme weather


Road Safety in Extreme Weather – December 22, 2020

Southern Alberta

According to Environment Canada, Kananaskis registered 70 centimeters of snow as of 10 a.m. Canmore wasn’t hit quite as hard as residents dug out of four inches.

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Below are more unofficial snowfall figures published by the national weather agency:

  • Pekisko: 43 cm
  • Beaver mines: 31-39 cm
  • Apartments of the dead: 33 cm
  • Airdrie: 32 cm
  • Priddis: 32 cm
  • Cochrane: 23 cm
  • Pincher Creek: 20 cm
  • Lake Louise: 19 cm
  • Taylorville: 17 cm
  • Streams: 15 cm
  • Claresholm: 14 cm
  • Age: 14 cm

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