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Albertans dig out from heavy spring snow


Staff writers

April 15, 2013 — A low pressure system that pushed into the Prairies brought yet another significant helping of snow to Alberta over the weekend.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

First record cold temperatures and then more snow.

Winter continues to grip southern Alberta, with its latest being some distinctly un-springlike weather.

A low pressure system that pushed in from North Dakota brought snow and blowing snow to parts of the province through the weekend.

Several areas saw some major snowfall accumulations, nearly a month after the official start of spring.

In Calgary, 10 to 19 cm piled up depending on location, but the worst hit areas were outside the city with Whitecourt at 30 cm and Cardston and Lethbridge recording upwards of 30 cm.

Additional snow forecast
Additional snow forecast

Drivers faced hazardous roadways over the weekend and officials advised people to avoid highway travel unless absolutely necessary.

The weather also caused numerous flight cancellations and delays at the Edmonton International Airport, where 5 cm of snowfall was recorded by Sunday morning. 

"More snow is expected near the foothills on Monday, with the heaviest lingering in the Pincher Creek area," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "An additional 5-10 cm is likely in some places." 

In Saskatchewan, heavy snow was recorded in the southwest, but the system's next target will be the extreme south of Manitoba along with northwestern Ontario Monday.

Last Thursday, snow and ice covered roads lead to dangerous driving conditions across central Saskatchewan. 

There were reports of emergency vehicles in the ditch and Highway 11 was impassable northwest of Regina and conditions on the Trans-Canada highway weren't much better. 

Tweet your storm updates to @weathernetwork using the hashtags #abstorm, #skstorm and #twn.

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