Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May Blizzard

The Yellowhead Highway in Edmonton yesterday. (Edmonton Journal Photo)

As Montreal basked in summer warmth with thunderstorms, Alberta was being hit by the second spring blizzard in as many weeks. Nearly 16cm of snow surprised Edmonton yesterday with fierce winds. The storm was expected to affect mostly the southern portion of the province, but a heavy band of wet snow set up over the city. Amounts ranged from 7cm in Spruce Grove to 16cm on the east side of town. The strong winds created havoc on area highways with reduced visibility. Winds were gusting over 60km/h in Edmonton and as high as 113km/h in Onefor. Snow continues today in the southeast part of the province and into southwest Saskatchewan and northern Montana. The storm also delayed flights in Calgary and Edmonton and cut power to over 15,000 hydro customers.

Meanwhile eastern Ontario and Montreal had temperatures over 20C yesterday with thunderstorms. Some storms in Ontario became severe with gusty winds over 80km/h and small hail. Today will be sunny and 22C with more showers by weeks end. The Mother's Day weekend, sorry to say, looks rainy, windy and cold as the western system moves east.

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