Snow began falling in Calgary Saturday afternoon. A heavy band passed over the city as evening fell, knocking out power at the Market Mall.
Snow-covered roads combined with heavier-than-normal traffic as people ran holiday errands meant emergency responders had their hands full.
Police attended to dozens of crashes in Calgary alone. Another crash involving a semi closed the Queen Elizabeth II highway north of Red Deer in both directions for nearly two hours.
Visibility on the busy north-south route was extremely poor at the time as winds whipped up the fresh snow. On Sunday, The Alberta Motor Association reported several accidents including two semis in the ditch near Olds. Officials are still cautioning drivers to avoid travelling on the QEII.
The snow was the result of a low pressure system that developed in the northwest and slid south. By Sunday morning, Edson had seen more than 20 cm of snow.
Springbank, west of Calgary, had seen 19 cm of snow.
On Sunday evening, city officials in Calgary issued Snow Event -- which means 5 cm or more of snow has fallen on city streets. Along with this comes a snow route parking ban for the city. This means that drivers will have to move their vehicles from designated “snow routes“ so that plows can clear the streets. The ban will last for 72 hours, or until lifted.
This was the second wintery low to batter the province in a matter of days.
Winds howled across Alberta Friday, fanning a large fire at a recycling plant on the Enoch Cree Nation outside Edmonton.
The fire started early Friday morning and quickly intensified. Several families were forced to evacuate as crews battled the flames.
Gusts up to 85 km/h made the task more challenging and fueled fears that the fire would spread.
However, by Friday evening the winds had died down and the fire was mostly under control.
In Red Deer, the winds peaked at 84 km/h. Lethbridge saw the strongest winds; a gust of 113 km/h was recorded there.
The strong gusts created whiteout conditions on the QEII, and at one point about 20 big rigs had pulled over to the side of the road. At least one minor accident was reported, but there were no injuries.
Alberta has been no stranger to windy weather lately; last Sunday, hurricane-strength winds virtually shut down the city of Calgary. The winds led to widespread property damage.
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With files from the Calgary Herald