World News – CA – Winter is coming: Calgary placed under snow squall watch on Friday


Environment Canada issued a snow squall alert for Calgary on Friday as a cold front moves south through southern Alberta

« Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably, » said national weather agency « Changes from clear skies to heavy snow just a few kilometers away are common »

Environment Canada said the onset of the cold front is expected to produce brief spells of intense snowfall and reduced visibility throughout the city

« Snow squalls could develop late this morning and this afternoon, » Environment Canada said on Friday « The risk of snow squalls will diminish early this evening as the front enters Montana »

Snow Flurry watches are also in effect for Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Cardston, Fort Macleod and Magrath

In the meantime, Environment Canada has issued snow and wind warnings for much of southern Alberta To learn more about the public weather alerts currently in place, visit the meteogcCalifornia page

« We are in a dozen days, » Global Calgary weather presenter Jodi Hughes said on Friday. « Calgary expects light snow showers in the morning, then mixed precipitation followed by strong wind as an intense cold front passes through – and then we expect more snow on top of that »

The forecast for Friday includes a high of 3 ° C with temperatures dropping to -9 ° C in the evening

Hughes said the snow will decrease overnight and that we will see a mostly sunny Saturday with a high of -4 ° C and a low of -12 ° C

On Sunday, Hughes expects another 1 to 2 cm of snow with a maximum of -4 C and a minimum of -10 C

Chris McGeachy, of the City of Calgary Roads Department, said crews were ready to clear snow-covered streets this weekend

« Since the beginning of October they have moved to their winter operations, which are 24/7 shifts, so we have crews to cover the weekend snowfall « said McGeachy

« Crews will be there to apply anti-icing agents to hot spots such as bridge decks and hills. And then when the snow starts to fall it’s time to go, and they’ll focus on snow removal from these high volume roads « 

The city is currently following a seven-day snow removal plan, which is adopted once the snow stops falling

Priority 1 roads are the first to be cleared, which includes major roads with over 20,000 vehicles per day, such as Crowchild Trail and Macleod Trail (Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail are maintained by the provincial government)

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The teams then focused on priority 2 routes – roads that carry 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles per day – like Kensington Road and Acadia Drive

After that, the teams turn to clearing the Priority 3 and Priority 4 routes, which include residential areas and schools and playgrounds

The city of Calgary has a snow removal budget of just under $ 40 million between Jan 1 and Dec 31

Earlier this month, spokesperson Chris Hewitt said they had only used around $ 25 million so far this year and had around $ 15 million left for pass them until 2020

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