Alberta Foothills Weather

March 6 – Best snow of the season

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.

Sun halo - Feb. 24, 2012Frosty morning west of Red Deer, AB - March 2, 2012Late season heavy snowfall southwest of Red Deer - March 5, 2012
Mother nature shows off her drifting skills in the snow - March 6, 2012Truck bites ditch, ditch eats truck - March 6, 2012Driftworks northwest of Innisfail, AB - March 6, 2012
Snowdrift art fills the ditch west of Penhold, AB - March 6, 2012AMA highway cam collection - 10am March 6, 2012Late season snowfall southwest of Red Deer - March 6, 2012
Reported accumulations for March 5-6, 2012 snow eventStrathmore radar 24 hour precip accumulation to 6am - March 6, 20128mb IR loop March 5-6, 2012

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5 Responses to “March 6 – Best snow of the season”

  1. 1
    anthony Says:

    great winter scene pics. A challenge this year. It was so nice and winter like down here after this last snow, but alas in 1.5 days of strong chinook winds at 13C its all gone!

  2. 2
    Pat Boomer Says:

    The white stuff too a serious beating here yesterday as well.
    Could almost see the drifts sink in real time.
    Got to be another shot before summer arrives :)

  3. 3
    Cindy Says:

    You called it! Loads to shovel today before the sun makes it even heavier. Is this the last now? (I’m betting no.)

  4. 4
    Dann Cianca Says:

    Now, that’s some snow! Holy moly! You have a Twitter or Facebook, Boomer?

  5. 5
    Matt Johnson Says:

    Hey Pat

    Missed all the snow while living in southern Intario for past 8 mth. Also missed the Foothills blog! Glad to be back in Alberta!

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