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Epic November blizzard hammers southern Alberta

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School Closures for November 9, 2020:

  • All Lethbridge School Division schools CLOSED
  • All Horizon Division schools CLOSED
  • All Palliser Division schools CLOSED
  • All Westwind School Division schools CLOSED
  • Livingstone Range Schools CLOSED in Fort Macleod, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Granum
  • University of Lethbridge CLOSED
  • Lethbridge College: Online ONLY

On Monday, Lethbridge Transit service will be reduced to one hour and Access-A-Ride will be operating for essential travel only. Some routes may be cancelled or delayed due to road conditions.

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A massive early November snow storm hit with a vengeance across Southern Alberta this weekend.

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The system rolled in Saturday and by late Sunday afternoon, many places had seen upwards of 40-60 cm of snow in a 24 to 30 hour period.

Travel was not recommended anywhere across the region as snow, whipped up by 70-80 km/h wind gusts, caused whiteout and near zero visibility conditions.

A multi-vehicle crash south of Lethbridge near Spring Coulee earlier in the day on Sunday prompted a warning by RCMP to stay off area highways due to extreme winter driving conditions.

Many Lethbridge residents reporting large snow drifts from this storm.

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Lethbridge Police and the City of Lethbridge were telling people to not go out unless it’s for essential travel only.

Many people across southern Alberta were reporting on social media snow drifts five to six feet high in some places.

The good news is the storm overnight into Monday morning (Nov. 9) moved east into Saskatchewan. Southern Albertans have started to dig now.

There is a potential for more snow, around 5 cm possible, for Tuesday before temperatures warm up late into the week and the upcoming weekend.

Chinook conditions are also forecast between Monday and Tuesday with blowing and drifting snow expected.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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