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Prairies dig out from a weekend storm

Staff writers
February 27, 2012 — After above seasonal temperatures and lack of snow this year, winter made a significant comeback across the Prairies this past weekend.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

It was just last week when parts of the Prairies were seeing record breaking mild temperatures. And while most of this winter has looked and felt more like spring, an intense low pressure system brought a wintery mix to all three Prairie provinces this past weekend.

Snow began in Alberta late Friday evening and continued to sweep across Saskatchewan and Manitoba through Saturday and into Sunday.

The heaviest snow was recorded in Alberta, including in the city of Edmonton where 20 cm piled up. That's one of the heaviest single-day snowfalls the city has seen in close to 10 years.

Officials say highways in the area were snow covered and slick and visibility was reduced significantly due to blustery winds.

Digging out in Edmonton
Digging out in Edmonton

A parking ban remains in effect in Edmonton on Monday as city crews continue with clean-up efforts.

Around 10 cm of snow was recorded in southern Saskatchewan and that was enough to cause some delays on the roads as well.

Most of the snow tapered on Sunday, but colder temperatures were left in the wake of the storm.

"Temperatures will remain pretty frigid on Monday and into Tuesday," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"But conditions will start to warm up once again later in the week."

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