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Snowfall warning ended for Calgary, remains in effect south and west of city

Snowy road conditions in Calgary can be seen here in November 2022. On Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the city. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Snowy road conditions in Calgary can be seen here in November 2022. On Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the city. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)

A snowfall warning issued late Wednesday for the Calgary area has ended, but Environment and Climate Change Canada says much of southwestern Alberta and the mountain parks can still expect more snow to fall.

In an alert issued Wednesday, Environment and Climate Change Canada said snow is expected to fall beginning this evening and continuing through Thursday.

But early Thursday morning the snow already began to taper off in the Calgary region and the agency ended its snowfall warning.

Calgary will see periods of light snow ending later on Thursday evening with winds up to 15 km/h and a windchill of minus 9, the agency's forecast said.

To the west and south of the city, heavy snow is expected to continue to fall through the day, with accumulations of 10 to 20 cm.

"Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop," the snowfall warning said.

Transit ends snow detours

Calgary Transit announced Wednesday it would activate its snow detour routes on Thursday morning, aimed at helping it avoid spots where buses could get stuck.

It also warned buses wouldn't stop on hills to pick up or drop off customers if it wasn't safe to do so.

On Thursday morning, Calgary Transit announced that by 3 p.m., it would revert all snow detours back to regular routes.

"This proactive measure contributed to minimizing disruptions, with very few buses encountering difficulties today," said Stephen Tauro, acting manager of transit service support, in a release.

"This approach is something we'll continue to do in the future when icy conditions or heavy snowfall are in the forecast."