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Snow sweeps across the Prairies

Staff writers

March 7, 2012 — Low pressure crossing the Rockies brought snow to parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba this week.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

It may have been a relatively mild and snowless start to winter across the Prairie provinces, but the season is not over yet.

A low pressure system that crossed the Rockies brought snow and blowing snow to parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

"Snow started to fall in Alberta Monday evening and continued to track east into Saskatchewan through the overnight hours," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at the Weather Network. "Snow also picked up in Manitoba on Tuesday, and will then make its way into northwestern Ontario Wednesday."


While Calgary International Airport got a relatively light snowfall at 6 cm, Banff saw 35 cm accumulate. Red Deer received 18 cm and Airdrie bore the brunt of the storm with 40 cm. Most of the snow tapered through the day on Tuesday and it's expected to melt later in the week.

"Temperatures are warming up to the double digits by Wednesday and those milder conditions should last for the next couple of days," says Dillon.


The snow started to pick up in Saskatchewan late Monday and RCMP reported that roads across the region were in terrible shape due to blowing snow.

The conditions were so bad that officials declared some roads to be "no-go" zones, and strongly advised against travel between Kyle and Kindersley. Visibility was reduced to near zero in some places.

The snow fell through the day on Tuesday with the heaviest bands between North Battleford to Yorkton and north of Regina.


The snow forced school closures in Manitoba's Interlake Region on Tuesday morning.

Snow covered roads lead to dangerous driving conditions and as a result, school buses cancelled service for the day.

Snow covered roads across the Prairies
Snow covered roads across the Prairies

Over the weekend, heavy snow blanketed the Rockies. In fact, a metre of snow fell in Banff in only 72 hours. 

"It's been snowing steady all weekend," Don Beaulieu of Sunshine Village Ski Resort told The Weather Network on Sunday. "When snow appears, it usually comes with wind. So we do have some lifts that open and close depending on wind direction. They are on standby. But we still have 5,000 strong people skiing with very big grins on their face!"

To stay on top of weather watches and warnings with this system, be sure to check the Alerts section of the website. You can also find Highway Conditions for your area, and photos and videos can be uploaded to our gallery.

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