Snow to blanket Calgary this weekend

Spring is now officially just a few weeks away, but Calgary will be in a winter wonderland this weekend.

No alerts are currently in place for Calgary, though Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is forecasting long periods of snow throughout the weekend.

Friday has been snowy, but there will be a reprieve sometime this afternoon, before it returns with a vengeance in the evening.

ECCC says it will be cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of flurries this evening. Snow will begin after midnight and could amount to two to four centimetres.

The snow is expected to continue Saturday, with five to 10 centimetres expected.

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“Total amounts of that system, probably between about 10 to 20 centimetres by the time all is said and done by Sunday morning,” explained Erin Staunton with the agency.

Calgary Transit has implemented snow detours on some routes starting Friday to help reduce the number of buses that get stuck, staying in a statement it wants to make sure transit is able to run as smooth as possible.

City crews will also be out in full force over the next few days, working to ensure roads are in good shape.

Drivers should also prepare for less-than-ideal-road conditions.

As the snow started to fall Thursday night, a major pile-up brought traffic to a standstill on the Trans-Canada Highway

READ MORE: Major pile-up halts traffic on Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary

Cochrane RCMP reported that the wreck was in the westbound lanes of Highway 1 at Highway 40, near Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

According to EMS, two people were taken to the hospital, though their injuries were not life-threatening.

There was another major crash outside the city Thursday, with southbound lanes of the QE-II Highway at Carstairs shut down for several hours due to an accident.

Calgary police say from midnight to 11:30 a.m. Friday, there were 53 non-injury collisions, three injury collisions, one hit-and-run and two non-injury hit-and-runs within city limits.

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