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Blast of Winter For Alberta


April 11, 2010 — Heavy snow and gusty winds led to flight delays, power outages and multi-vehicle pileups in Alberta on Thursday.

It was a sudden storm that had a major impact.

Heavy snow blanketed parts of Alberta Thursday, shutting down highways and leading to several vehicle collisions.

Highway 2 from Calgary to Red Deer to was closed at one point due to zero visibility, slippery road surfaces and numerous accidents. In one incident, about 54 vehicles were involved in a crash near the Olds overpass. The RCMP said no one was hurt.

In other cases, intense winds left trees and powerlines scattered across roadways. Calgary International Airport recorded wind gusts of 94km/h, while the winds in Edmonton clocked in around 76 km/h.

Flights were delayed in parts of the province because of power outages. Buses and C-trains were also delayed. In the evening, motorists were being told to stay off roads unless travel was absolutely necessary.

In the end, 3.6 cm of snow had fallen in Calgary. 2cm was recorded at the Edmonton International Airport.

For more on what kind of weather conditions you can expect in Alberta this weekend, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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