Snow-shrouded highways in southern Alberta reopened Sunday as stuck or smashed vehicles were removed, but snowfall advisories and even a blizzard warning remained in effect in some areas as the storm tracked into Saskatchewan.
Environment Canada says a solid low-weight pressure system heavy snow and strong winds to much of central and southern Alberta on Saturday into Sunday morning.
It says the system even produced a few short-lived severe thunderstorms in the southeast corner of Alberta before blizzard conditions descended on the area Saturday evening.
The Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary was shut in the two headings on Saturday, while police said travel was confined on the roadway west of the city as groups reacted to an accident including four semis and 11 different vehicles.No serious injuries were reported.
Calgary received between 10 and 20 centimeters of snow, while Cochrane west of the city got 30 centimeters. A blizzard warning remained in effect Sunday for Cypress Hill Provincial Park and Foremost in the province’s southeast.
Calgary International Airport reported 49 cancellations of arriving or departing flights on Saturday and five flights that were diverted.
Electric utility Fortis revealed that snow and wind caused control blackouts south of Calgary and that climate conditions and road closures slowed repairs.
“We’re assembling our groups from over the area to help with the proceeded with tempest reclamation,” Fortis tweeted on Sunday.
Police in Calgary cautioned against traveling on Sunday and had to cancel their annual half-marathon.
“Board of trustees individuals evaluated the course and discovered snow floats instead of multiple feet. This course is a difficult one under the most favorable circumstances, and keeping in mind that there are the individuals who will have prepared well, the present race conditions are considerably increasingly troublesome,” the division said in a news discharge.
Forecasters said the snow squall was relied upon to leave the region Sunday evening, which implied a snowstorm cautioning was issued adjacent in southwestern Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan government’s Highway Hotline reported Sunday that the Trans-Canada Highway was closed from the Alberta boundary to Swift Current, a stretch that’s close to 170 kilometers long.
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