Snowfall warning issued for Calgary

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Calgarians can expect to wake up to a pile of snow on Sunday morning as a system moves across southern Alberta.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Calgary and southern Alberta early Saturday morning.

Above-zero temperatures Saturday were expected to give way to a cooling trend and increasing precipitation, with Calgary slated to receive anywhere from 10 to 20 cm of snow throughout Saturday night and into Sunday

“Snow will begin along the northern foothills (Saturday) afternoon and spread south through the Calgary area this evening,” reads a snowfall warning posted to Environment Canada’s website. “Snow will begin to ease Sunday night. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. ”

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Temperatures are then expected to fall off for the remainder of the long weekend, with Sunday forecast to see temperatures around -15 C and Monday forecasted for -20 C. Both days bring with them chances of flurries.

Calgary is not alone in facing weather warnings with much of the southern and western portions of Alberta being placed under either a snow or wind warning.

The City of Calgary said crews were preparing for the possibility of a large snowfall. A posting online stated that additional staff was being prepared and contractors were on standby to deal with the incoming snow.

“Before the snowfall, crews will be applying anti-icing material to trouble spots which include turning lanes / ramps, intersections, and bridge decks,” read the statement. Calgarians are advised to pay attention to the changing forecast this weekend and to plan accordingly. On Sunday morning, roads could be snow-covered and slippery in sections. Please consider staying home should this major snow event occur. ”

The statement said the city did not anticipate that it would need to enforce a seasonal parking ban.

As of 4 pm there were no major warnings or cautions on the highways surrounding Calgary. 511 Alberta showed most major roadways remained in bare or wet conditions.

dshort@postmedia.com

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