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Canada Over 175 crashes in Edmonton as snowfall warning remains for much of western Alberta

09:35  10 november  2019
09:35  10 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A snowfall warning was issued for parts of western Alberta Tuesday afternoon, with 10-20 centimetres possible. “The combination of a Pacific low and an Arctic high battling it out across central Alberta will likely lead to heavy snowfall to the west ,” Global Edmonton ’s chief meteorologist

While everything south and to the west of Edmonton remains under winter storm and snowfall warnings , Alberta ’s capital is practically bone dry. Environment Canada winter storm warnings are still in effect for communities in central and southern Alberta , including warnings in Calgary, Banff

a truck is parked in the snow: An Edmonton Transit Service bus on the ditch along the QEII south of the city on Saturday, November 9, 2019. © Supplied An Edmonton Transit Service bus on the ditch along the QEII south of the city on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

We knew it was coming, and now winter weather is here.

Across northern and central Alberta on Friday night, rain turned to snow as the temperature dropped overnight, leaving roads slick before becoming covered in the white stuff.

Between 7 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 176 collisions were reported to Edmonton police, 24 of which were hit-and-runs and 13 of which caused injuries. Half of the crashes occurred Saturday afternoon.

The City of Edmonton said in the days leading up to the snowfall, sand and salt were applied to priority areas like hills and intersections.

In an update late Saturday morning, the city said there were no plans for a seasonal parking ban, but that could change.

"We'll be continuing to monitor conditions throughout the next 24 hours and we'll be making that decision here shortly," Andrew Grant, a general supervisor of Infrastructure Field Operations, said.

Around 500 field staff and 130 plows make up the city's winter road maintenance team, and when a snowfall occurs, they work using a hierarchy that prioritizes busier parts of the city such as freeways, roads within the designated business improvement areas, and transit routes.

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Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning across central Alberta including the Edmonton area, reaching as far south as Airdrie and Cochrane. 511 Alberta warned drivers on Twitter they may experience some delays travelling north of Calgary. Get more of today's top stories in your inbox.

Approximately 10 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in parts of western and central Alberta Thursday night, prompting Environment Canada to issue snowfall warnings . The warnings are in the foothills and Prairies to the west and south of Edmonton but do not include the capital region.

"We have all available staff in working, we have approximately 100 plows out on the road right now and then we have an entire active pathways team out working on all of those stairs, sidewalks, multi-use trails, bike lanes and all the inventory throughout the city," Grant said Saturday afternoon.

The city can also call in contracted help, which would add up to an additional 300 road graders and 260 dump trucks to assist in the clearing.

Grant said there was no need to call in contractors yet.

"If the accumulation does continue throughout the night and we see heavy snowfalls, we'll be looking at calling in some contracted forces to help us in the efforts to keep our roadways moving safely."

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Roads remained slick on Saturday. On the QEII southbound, an ETS bus was spotted in the ditch by several drivers.

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WATCH: The snow was still falling Friday at noon as the Edmonton area saw about 15 centimetres Snowfall and parking ban hit Edmonton . Parts of central and northern Alberta were expected to receive Over 24 hours, the low was expected to intensify with the heaviest snowfall accumulations

+ Much of northern Alberta was blanketed with snowfall warnings on Sunday morning as Environment Canada advised 15 to 25 centimetres of snow was expected to fall in that part of the province. “The snow will begin over northwestern parts of Alberta this morning and spread north and

A snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada Friday carried on into Saturday. It was dropped for the city itself in the late afternoon, but remained for all areas to the west.

The Edmonton area is expected to see between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow, which the national weather agency said would continue throughout the day and into the night, becoming heavy at times.

A second round of snow is expected Saturday evening and will bring an additional 5 to 10 centimetres for areas west and south of Edmonton, Environment Canada said.

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A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas of western and northwestern Alberta, including the Highway 43 corridor stretching from Whitecourt to Peace River.

The Grande Prairie and Peace River regions could see as much as 30 to 40 centimetres of snow by Sunday morning.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected. The rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult, so Environment Canada advised drivers to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

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About 10cm of snow will hit Edmonton by late Saturday. Combine that with tanking temperatures Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Edmonton and areas to the west . So, while we get about 10 cm IN most of the Edmonton , locations to the west will get significantly more .

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Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer said to expect a brutal temperature drop by Sunday morning. Edmonton could be below -20 C.

One of the best ways to track locally hazardous driving conditions is from local viewer reports. The #yegtraffic hashtag is often used by Twitter users reporting traffic issues within Edmonton.

If safe to do so, share your weather photos with us via the Global Edmonton Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also post updates from your community using the hashtags #yegwx and #abstorm.

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Parts of southern Alberta could see up to 15 cm of snow by Tuesday .
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for parts of southern Alberta on Monday."A low-pressure system moving into Alberta tonight will bring snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 centimetres for parts of the province on Tuesday," the weather agency said on its website. "Snow will begin later tonight in southwestern Alberta, and will track eastward early Tuesday morning.

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