Snow bearing down on Lethbridge after hitting surrounding area

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
February 8, 2018 - 6:18am Updated: February 8, 2018 - 8:49am

UPDATE 8:50 a.m.: Coaldale has once again activated its snow routes, meaning no parking is allowed on the first-priority routes to be cleared.

UPDATE 7:40 a.m.: Lethbridge School District says buses are running, but may be behind.

UPDATE 7:10 a.m.: Holy Spirit says St. Michael School in Bow Island is closed. In addition, Pincher Creek area bus 9 is not running, and Southland Bus 1, Pincher Creek to Lethbridge is not running.

UPDATE 6:50 a.m.: Palliser Regional Schools reports nine buses have been cancelled so far. Updated list here

UPDATE 6:35 a.m.: Holy Spirit Roman Catholic School Division has closed St. Patrick and St. Mary Schools in Taber. 

UPDATE 6:20 a.m.: Horizon School Division says ALL of its schools are closed Thursday. Its schools are located in Taber, Barnwell, Grassy Lake, Enchant, Milk River, Hays, Vauxhall, Lomond, and Warner.

LETHBRIDGE – The worst of the snow is still on its way to the Lethbridge region.

A winter storm warning remained in effect Thursday morning, Feb. 8, for all of southern Alberta. Only a small amount of snow fell during the night, with Lethbridge essentially on the edge of the system to that point. On radar, the heaviest snow appeared to be along a line between Calgary and Medicine Hat.

Environment Canada said 25-35 cm of snow was possible in the warning areas, with as much as 50 cm potentially falling in the foothills.

As of Thursday morning, highways in the immediate Lethbridge area were listed as partly snow-covered. However, past Coaldale to the east and Monarch to the west, the roads were described as snow-covered, with fair visibility.

The provincial government issued an advisory Wednesday, suggesting travellers reconsider their plans.

The City of Lethbridge said once the snow began, crews previously removing windrows from priority 1 and 2 streets would go back to snow removal work on the top priority routes until the snow stopped and they were caught up again.

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