Epic November blizzard hammers southern Alberta
Highway 3 between Lethbridge and Coalhurst around 4:00 pm Sunday. Photo credit to TNT Towing.
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.
A massive early November snow storm hit with a vengeance across Southern Alberta this weekend.
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.
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.