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Snowfall warning ends for Calgary as cold front blows through Alberta

Calgary Herald logo Calgary Herald 5 days ago Sammy Hudes
a man and a woman walking down a street: Pedestrians make their way through ice and snow in downtown Calgary on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019.  © Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Pedestrians make their way through ice and snow in downtown Calgary on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019.

Get out those shovels. It’s round two.

A snowfall warning issued earlier Tuesday ended just before 6:30 p.m., but the damage was already done.

A southward-moving cold front brought snow to much of southern Alberta as Envrionment Canada warned that up to 25 centimetres of snow could fall in some regions.

Between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Calgary police said officers responded to a total of 146 non-injury accidents and 10 injury accidents. They also responded to 25 collisions classified as “other,” which include hit-and-runs.

Meanwhile, a crash involving a passenger bus occurred on Highway 1 west of Banff around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. An Alberta Health Services spokesperson said 10 people were transported to hospitals in Banff and Canmore for further evaluation, but all were in stable, non-life-threatening condition.

Areas at higher elevations were expected to see upwards of 25 centimetres by Tuesday evening, while areas east of the foothills, including Calgary, were expecting 10 centimetres.

Snowfall warnings remain in southwest parts of the province like Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Okotoks, Fort Macleod, and Canmore.

A little over a week ago , much of southwestern Alberta was slammed by a near-record snowstorm, with more than 30 centimetres falling on Calgary.

Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak said Calgarians shouldn’t be surprised by the quickly changing weather at this time of year.

“This is actually a seasonal pattern for October where we get the wild swings from 16 C to -3 C,” he said. “It’s the season of transition.”

The City of Calgary said Tuesday it did not anticipate it will call a snow route parking ban.

However, it urged Calgarians to drive, cycle and walk with winter conditions in mind.

Crews would continue focusing on salting and plowing high-volume routes such as Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail throughout Tuesday.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cool, with a high of -1 C. Then a warming trend begins under sunny skies, with a forecast high of 9 C by Saturday.

— With files by Zach Laing

a woman walking down a street holding an umbrella:  The scene this morning on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary. © Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia The scene this morning on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary.
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