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Another round of winter hits the Prairies

Staff writers

November 22, 2012 — A wintery mix of freezing rain and snow has lead to a challenging couple of days for motorists in the Prairies.

Freezing rain mixed with snow made for dangerous driving conditions Wednesday
Freezing rain mixed with snow made for dangerous driving conditions Wednesday

Parts of the Prairies faced another brush with winter on Wednesday.

That put a smile on the faces of outdoor enthusiasts eager to hit the slopes, but it also made for a tricky commute in some areas.

In Calgary, over 10 cm of snow was recorded, challenging motorists as road conditions deteriorated.

Police officials say over 100 accidents were reported throughout the day.

The wintery weather also impacted flights at the Calgary International Airport as crews worked to de-ice planes and keep runways clear of snow and ice.

Additional snow forecast
Additional snow forecast

Similar conditions were reported in parts of Saskatchewan as the heaviest snow fell through the evening and overnight hours.

RCMP say freezing rain that fell earlier in the day lead to icy conditions on most highways in the south of the province. Drivers were urged to avoid any unnecessary travel.

"In terms of snow, the worst of the storm is over," says Brian Dillon a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Some places may pick up an additional few centimetres through Thursday, but the bigger story will be the colder temperatures."

Daytime highs will range from -10 to -15C, feeling closer to -20 with the windchill.

Wondering what's ahead for the winter season? Be sure to check back on Monday, November 26 as The Weather Network releases the 2012/13 Winter Outlook.

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