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Snowfall warning in place for Calgary with up to 30 cm possible

Calgary is forecast to see 15 to 30 cm of snow by Sunday. Henna Saeed talks to Calgarians on how they are tackling all this snow and slushiness.

Another blast of winter weather is hitting Calgary as Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued a snowfall warning for the city.

Just before 5 a.m. Thursday, the weather agency began warning of significant snow ahead in the next few days — 15 to 30 centimetres.

The ECCC says heavy snow will taper off Friday morning. It adds visibility may be suddenly reduced at times due to heavy snow.

As of Thursday afternoon, the storm had left city streets mostly wet and slushy, but not snow covered. That could still change with up to 15 cm more snowfall expected through the evening.


Environment Canada says to also expect heavy wet snow through parts of the mountain parks and the foothills over the next couple of days, including on Highways 1 and 2.

This comes on the heels of a rather snowy March; CityNews meteorologist Michael Kuss says the city saw 68.4 centimetres last month, the snowiest March since 1998.

Despite the snow, temperatures in Calgary are expected to stay relatively mild throughout the next few days; Thursday has a high of 0°C and a low of -3°C and Friday will see a high of 1°C and a low of -8°C with the wind chill.

“It won’t be that cold — in fact, morning temperatures will be above seasonal — it’s not going to get much warmer, mind you, into the afternoon and really won’t get much cooler over the next three days,” Kuss said. “It’s the duration of the snow, not the intensity, that will allow it to build up.”

Precipitation is expected to continue throughout the weekend, with snow and a high of 2°C on Saturday and snow or rain and a high of 4°C on Sunday.

For the latest on Calgary’s ever-changing weather conditions and how it is impacting the roads, listen to CityNews660 for updates every 10 minutes on the ones.

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