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Blowing snow creates problems for Alberta drivers


Blowing snow reduces visibilities to less than a kilometre in southern Alberta
Blowing snow reduces visibilities to less than a kilometre in southern Alberta

Staff writers

January 29, 2013 — Snow and frigid temperatures have made a return to Alberta, making for a challenging commute for drivers on Tuesday.

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Widespread blowing snow over southern Alberta caused a treacherous commute for drivers Tuesday morning. 

"All the major routes are reporting blowing snow and low visibility," says The Weather Network's Kelsey McEwen. "Although the snow has stopped in Calgary, everything that has accumulated is blowing around." 

Gusty winds up to 90 km/h combined with a fresh layer of snow has resulted in visibilities of less than one kilometre. RCMP are advising of poor road conditions on Highway 9 between Youngstown to the Saskatchewan border and say travel is not recommended.

Some schools have also closed for the day because of the dangerous roads and frigid temperatures. 

The winds are producing extreme windchill values near -40 as well. Officials say frostbite on exposed skin can occur in less than 10 minutes when temperatures are this cold. 

Conditions are expected to improve as the winds diminish Wednesday afternoon.

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