28 April 2010

29th April 2010 - Thursday

High: 3.1
Low: -0.7
Days we didn't see any sun: (36)
Days swept snow from drive (0)
Days shovelled snow from drive (14)

It was still snowing this morning and the following weather warning was still in place. The snow did clear out fairly quickly and there was lots of blue sky and sunshine. There had been a number of accidents overnight and early morning resulting in some of the highways being closed, particularly in the north, up and around Airdrie and Strathmore. By early afternoon most of the main roads were cleared of snow. This is very possibly one of the worst storms we have seen at this time of year.

Winter storm warning for Okotoks, High River & Claresholm

Further snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 centimetres by this evening in most localities.

This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions...Listen for updated statements.

An intense weather system over Southern Alberta will slowly move eastward into Saskatchewan today. Ahead of the low rain fell in many communities Wednesday with wet snow occurring along the foothills especially from Red Deer - Rocky Mountain House southward. As the low moves east today the winds will strengthen to north to northwest 50 gusting to 80 km/h and the precipitation will spread slowly eastwards.

Total snowfall amounts will generally be in the range of 10 to 20 centimetres for the storm but elevation effects will enhance amounts to 30 to 40 centimetres along portions of the southern foothills and through the Lethbridge..Cardston and Pincher Creek regions especially over higher terrain.

Over the Red Deer..Drumheller..And Brooks regions the snowfall will be highest over western sections.

In the Hanna Coronation and Medicine Hat regions northerly winds of 60 gusting to 90 km/h are expected to develop later this morning. Winds will gradually diminish this evening.

This winter storm can produce poor travelling conditions. Persons in or near these areas should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and listen for updated warnings.

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