More than 30 cms of snow fell in Edmonton this weekend, and the city has more than 11,000 kms of road to plow. Give the crews a hand by not parking on snow routes.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not finished with us. We have a break from the snow falling for a few days, but temperatures are going to plummet down to -30 range. According to the models, we are going to get hit with about 15cm more starting Thursday.
AMA says 465 drivers waiting for assistance right now in Edmonton. 90 per cent of calls from people who are stuck in lanes, lots, residential streets. 26 hour wait for tows in Edmonton.
Motorists trapped in Bassano are still anxiously waiting to leave the area since getting stranded over the weekend. The Trans-Canada is expected to open but no ETA at this time.
Closure #Hwy1 from Strathmore E/B is open, travel not recommended. Hwy 1 from Redcliff W/B closed.
If you're looking to clear snow the easy way in Edmonton, you're out of luck. Canadian Tire locations in the city say they're completely sold out of snowblowers.
AMA Update: Westbound Trans-Canada from Redcliff to Strathmore is now open.
Highway 1 from Calgary to Medicine Hat is now open. Drivers are asked to watch for emergency and highway maintenance vehicles and exercise extreme caution. Currently only one lane is open in each direction between Strathmore and Bassano. Crews are working to clear the remaining stretches of highway.
We've already spoke with two people in their late 70's and shoveling! How dangerous can it be? We're heading to a EMS to find out!
Snow clearing reminders for Sherwood Park residents:
No-parking signs will be posted at the entrance to neighbourhoods when snow clearing is about to start in the area. Once the signs are up, residents must remove their vehicles from the street. If any vehicle must be towed, it will be moved to the nearest cleared road.
Rubber mats, grates and any other materials at the edge of driveways must be removed, since they can interfere with snow clearing equipment. As well, snow must not be shoveled onto streets.
Parents are asked to remind children to stay off the windrowed (piled) snow for their safety.
Snow within cul-de-sacs will be piled temporarily and removed as quickly as possible.
When snow is being cleared on a waste-collection day, roll-out carts are to be placed at the end of the driveway, and not on the road or sidewalk.
HWY 1 officially re-opened as of 2:00pm today. Traffic is restricted to one lane in the Cluny area in the westbound lane.
Working on the forecast for the week, as skies are beginning to clear. That means it will be really cold tonight! Temperatures are dropping to -29c by Sunday morning and a further 15 cms of snow by then as well.
EMS says response time longer because of weather....added 6 trucks to the fleet this weekend to keep up with the calls.
Unofficial snowfall in the Alberta region between Friday and 11:00am on Sunday:
Oliver - 18cm
Stony Plain - 36cm
Tomahawk - 12cm
Glenevis - 12cm
Elk Island National Park - 16cm
Breton Plots - 15cm
Edmonton International Airport - 16cm
Camrose - 13cm
Barrhead - 18cm
Atmore - 10cm
Fort Assiniboine - 16cm
Edson - 10cm
Whitecourt - 27cm
Hendrickson Creek - 17cm
Grande Prairie - 20cm
Amounts reported by other weather watchers:
Edmonton - between 25 and 35cm depending on area
St. Albert - 26cm
Fort Saskatchewan - 28cm
Holden - 25cm
Wainwright - 35cm
Slave Lake - 20cm
Lloydminster - 25cm
Spruce Grove - 31cm
Devon - 22cm
Drayton Valley - 25cm
Jasper - 15cm
Vegreville - 18cm
Did you know the last time we had a snow fall this big around this time of year was 2007?
Did you know on this day in 2006 there was no snow on the ground?? Hard to believe when you look outside today but it's true!
Here's some more snow stats from Environment Canada for this day over the past decade:
Jan 10 2010 - 18 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2009 - 15 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2008 - 11 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2007 - 31 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2006 - 0 cm of snow on the ground!!! ZERO!
Jan 10 2005 - 14 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2004 - 17 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2003 - 4 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2002 - 12 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2001 - 3 cm of snow on the ground
Jan 10 2000 - 3 cm of snow on the ground
Update on Calgary area roads from AMA:
Most roads in Calgary are now in good condition. Highways southwest and northeast of Calgary are still in poor condition.
Update on Edmonton area roads from AMA:
Most highways in the Edmonton area are still in fair or poor condition, with the exception of Highway 2 north and 44 north of Edmonton.
According to RCMP, one person has died after a collision near Secondary Highway 542 approximately 20 km west of Milo, AB on Sunday. Road conditions and weather have been determined to be a factor.
Before you go out for the second.. third.. fourth time to shovel tonight, here are some tips to make the process safer:
Lift your legs NOT your back.
Push the snow as far as you can before lifting - this will help your back.
Shovel in sections.
Breaks are highly recommended. Don't go longer than 15 minutes before taking a break!
Happy shoveling! :)
Snow and wind have been wreaking havoc in the Red Deer area. Reports say there have been a number of vehicles in the ditch on Hwy 2 between Red Deer and Penhold leaving many drivers stranded.
Be careful when you shovel, especially if you're a senior. EMS tells Global "it's not uncommon for the odd person to collapse because of a cardiac event because they've pushed themselves too hard"
City crews are still working on clearing main roads and routes. If you're wondering when they'll turn their attention to residential streets... the answer is, they don't even know. The clearing process is taking longer than usual because of the high volume of snow.
Many residents are taking cleaning the streets into their own hands. The city says there is no specific bylaw against clearing your own road though residents could be breaking other bylaws in the process.
EMS Manager says stretch before you shovel! Sounds silly but he says it can make a difference. More ahead at 6pm...
The city's director of roadway maintenance Bob Dunford predicts Thursday is the earliest crews could begin cleaning residential streets but tells Global "that's all dependant on the weather too. The forecast is calling for 5-10 cm on Thursday again, which will of course change everything."
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