The Great White West

People in Calgary are digging out from the snowiest October day in 104 years — a new record.

Roads and highways in and around the city Tuesday were covered in heavy, wet snow.

Parts of Calgary reported snowfall amounts of up to 40 centimetres in a 12-hour period with similar amounts in the mountain parks and other areas of southern Alberta.

Calgary police reported 251 collisions and dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed at Calgary International Airport.

At one point 80 transit buses were stuck or stalled on slippery streets. Officials say the buses are not equipped with snow tires.

To help Calgary dig out of the mess, the City of Edmonton sent 30 snowplows to assist its neighbour.

Red Deer and Medicine Hat were also sending equipment to Calgary.

 “We’re dealing with an unseasonably harsh dose of winter very early in our season,” Tom Sampson, chief of Calgary’s Emergency Operations Centre said.

People were being urged to stay home and cautioned to keep off of roads and Environment Canada warned that the heavy wet snow may cause some trees to break.

Source: Canadian Press

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