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Summer snow in Edmonton means early call for winter clothing donations

Global News logo Global News 2018-09-13 Caley Ramsay
Snow in Edmonton on Sept. 13, 2018. © Global News Snow in Edmonton on Sept. 13, 2018.

The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society has put out a desperate plea for warm winter clothing, as a blanket of summer snow hit the city.

Snow started moving into the Edmonton area on Wednesday, with about five centimetres of accumulated snow on the ground by Thursday morning. Some areas outside the city received upwards of eight centimetres of snow, according to Global Edmonton's chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer.

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Staff at the EERSS said they have been flooded with calls from other agencies to send them warm winter clothing. However, the agency said it doesn't have enough supply in its clothing bank.

"We pulled out all what we have to our clothing bank, but we don't have enough, that's why we are reaching out to you for help."

The EERSS works with 32 other agencies to provide access to basic necessities for the city's working poor and homeless.

The agency is looking for all winter clothing, including hats, gloves, coats, boots and blankets. Donations can be dropped off at the agency's downtown location at 10255 - 104 St. They are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Beyer said Edmonton and surrounding areas will see flurries continue through the day Thursday, with warmer temperatures around 5 C or 6 C and a bit of sun expected on Friday.

However, don't get out of "snow-mode" just yet, Beyer warned. A few showers are possible late in the day on Friday, with another round of snow possible through central Alberta on Saturday. Beyer said a few more centimetres of snow is possible through the weekend.

Warmer temperatures over 10 C are expected by next week, Beyer added.

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