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Snow storm wallops Edmonton and Calgary


Staff writers

April 5, 2012 — Winter made a comeback in parts of Alberta Thursday, with heavy snow contributing to power outages and a tricky morning commute.

Thursday's snowfall totals in Alberta
Thursday's snowfall totals in Alberta

An intense spring storm walloped parts of Alberta Wednesday night and into Thursday, burying some communities in up to 30 cm of snow. 

Power outages were widespread across Edmonton Thursday morning, many due to fallen trees. Several intersections were without traffic lights for much of the morning commute. 

Electricity has now been restored to most of the affected areas. 

Rob Davis a meteorologist at The Weather Network. He says the total snowfall amounts ranged depending where you were. 

"While only 8 cm of snow was reported at the Edmonton International Airport, 25 cm of snow fell in Edmonton southwest," he explains. "Snowfall totals were also impressive around St. Albert, Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove."

Welcome to Calgary on April 5
Welcome to Calgary on April 5

Vehicles were out sanding and plowing the streets through the overnight hours and throughout the day Thursday. 

Canada Post cancelled some mail routes because of the stormy weather. 

The storm didn't have as much of an impact on sections of southern Alberta, but a good 10 cm of snow fell in the Calgary area. That made for some tricky driving conditions, as well. Motorists are encouraged to take their time on the roads and to adjust their driving habits accordingly. 

What's left of the system is now tracking into Saskatchewan. Visit the Alerts section of our website to stay up-to-date on the latest watches and warnings in your area.

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