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Autumn storm unleashes fury on Edmonton


The Canadian Press

November 7, 2012 — Police say at least a dozen people have been injured and one person has died as a heavy autumn snowstorm pounds the Edmonton area.

As much as 25 cm of snowfall is expected in the capital city
As much as 25 cm of snowfall is expected in the capital city

Police say at least a dozen people have been injured and one person has died as a heavy autumn snowstorm pounds the Edmonton area. 

They say one male has been pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash southeast of the capital, where roads were reported in extremely poor driving conditions. 

The storm system, which Environment Canada predicted could dump as much as 25 centimetres of snow, has caused more than 100 collisions and several flight delays or cancellations. 

Traffic problems were compounded as buses and other vehicles tried to negotiate the slippery slopes of the river valley leading into the downtown core from the south. 

Police were advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary. 

In St. Albert, just north of Edmonton, buses were pulled off icy city streets. Commuter buses were still running into Edmonton, but riders were being advised that a trip that normally takes roughly 30 minutes could take three hours. 

Bob Dunford, director of roadway maintenance in Edmonton, said the conditions were unusual for drivers. 

"We had the rain turning to snow, which is something that we are not used to in Edmonton," he said. 

"It puts that nice thick sheen on the road underneath the snow and it is a fairly wet heavy snow accumulating very quickly." 

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV for all the latest developments and check your local forecast before heading out. 

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