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Alberta, Saskatchewan walloped by first major snowfall

Staff writers

October 22, 2012 — It was the first major snow storm of the season, and it packed a punch. Now, residents of southern Alberta and central Saskatchewan are digging out.

Additional snowfall forecast
Additional snowfall forecast

A combination of snow, rain and slush made for a messy day on the roads in southern and central sections of Alberta and Saskatchewan Tuesday. 

By Wednesday, the worst had passed, but snow was still falling in far northern sections of Saskatchewan. 

More than 30 cm of snow fell in places like Brooks, Spiritwood and Radisson. Lethbridge was buried under about 24 cm of snow, while anywhere from 10-15 cm blanketed Calgary. 

That - combined with gusty winds - was enough to cause several car crashes. Between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, there were reports of 2 injury and 32 non-injury collisions in the area -- triple the amount of accidents reported on the same day last year.

There's more significant snowfall on the way for parts of central Saskatchewan, along with cold temperatures.

"The winds will be gusty, and it will be cold, with windchills into the minus teens," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at the Weather Network.

By the time the storm tapers off Wednesday evening, portions of the province could see 10 to 25 centimetres of snow.

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network for our Storm Watch coverage and your local forecasts, and visit our Alerts page for watches and warnings.

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