Almost a crippler, but not quite. It certainly brought things to a crawl for a while.
24 hours of snow left 20-25 cm in the yard, and has left the fields looking prime for a snort on the sleds. Winds just short of wicked smoothed everything out nicely but also blew our road in pretty good last night. Luckily the graderman came along this afternoon so all is good and we are free again. With the wind switching from east to north to west and snow falling the whole time, drifts are parked in all directions. Not that I am complaining about the lack of a rude wind, but had we gotten a few hours of 50Kmh there would have been some terrific sculptures out there today.
Not a lot of chaos on the roads that I heard of, just a lot of slow journeys. People knew it was coming. Many country roads are still in bad shape, all bus services in the Chinook’s Edge School Division (Red Deer to Carstairs), both urban and rural have been cancelled for Wednesday.
A few spots that didn’t make the snow sccumulation list below were Sunshine Valley west of Banff which gained 1M(3feet), Marmot Basin in Jasper with 37cm. As seen in the XSM 24 hour accumulation image below, there were heavy bands of snow through Airdrie, Olds and off to the east of the QE2 which makes me want to take a spin out there and see what kind of blanket they got out in windmill country, but west is the more likely route.
The Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper was closed early in the event, there should be some amazing scenery out there, feet of fresh snow and avalanches crashing down in the warm temperatures that are inbound.
As the EC forecast sits now, it calls for +8 and +9 for Thursday and Friday. It will be interesting to see if we can get there with a completely white landscape and albedo in full effect. With all that pavement, Calgary should have no problem warming up, and already they are talking about flooding by the weekend with the big melt.
Now that we finally have enough snow for a sled, I want some more.