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Heavy snow eases in Alberta

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 8, 2011 — Heavy snow has eased in parts of Alberta and now residents are digging out.

Snowfall totals from the latest storm
Snowfall totals from the latest storm

After residents in Alberta enjoyed double digit highs late last week, winter made a return to the region.

“Not only did temperatures drop significantly, but snow and strong winds made for some pretty dangerous driving conditions on Monday,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

An upslope flow of cold air from an Arctic ridge combined with moist Pacific air mixed to produce heavy snowfall for some parts of the province.

The city of Calgary recorded 15 cm of snow and that was enough for Khalsa School to shut its doors Monday. Calgary Transit was also reporting bus delays around the city for much of the day. Heavier amounts of snow were recorded in areas including Lethbridge and Claresholm where 20 cm piled up.

Between the heavy snow and gusty winds, travel across the region was slow and dangerous on Monday. Blowing snow lead to reduced visibilities and police were reminding motorists to adjust their driving habits accordingly.

The low pressure system has since tracked southwards into the United States leaving a day of clean-up for parts of the province.

Avalanche risk
Avalanche risk

And for outdoor enthusiasts who plan to tour the backcountry with all the fresh snow, officials are warning those to still to check conditions before heading out.

According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre, the avalanche risk is at a considerable ranking. With the heavy snowfall however, the risk warning could change at any time.

To stay updated on this storm, tune into The Weather Network on TV. National Forecasts come up at 2 and 32 minutes past each hour.

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With files from Jill Colton

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