While most Canadians are just starting to see the leaves change colour (and diving into all their favorite pumpkin spice snacks), some parts of Alberta were treated to a massive dump of snow, with some areas getting up to 60 centimetres. The Alberta snow storm brought plenty of trouble with it, as flights were cancelled and car accidents began to add up.

On September 29, Lethbridge airport had to cancel a number of departing and arriving flights as the snow continued to fall. Air Canada and WestJet flights between Lethbridge and Calgary were grounded due to the weather.

According to weather warnings from Environment Canada, southwestern Alberta is expected to see more heavy snowfall with a lot of accumulation. That accumulation could reach up to 100 centimetres of snow by September 30, according to the agency. It also warned that the falling, wet snow could cause power outages in some areas.

Environment Canada also recommended cancelling all non-essential travel plans as road closures could possibly occur

Calgary had other problems caused by the snow as well, as traffic collisions were reported across the city due to slippery roads. According to CBC News, Calgary police reported that there were 171 collisions between 6 a.m. on September 28 and 10 a.m. on September 29.

Police told CBC the number of collisions was pretty normal for the day after a storm, but keep in mind that it isn't even October yet.

Alberta residents took to Twitter to document the massive amount of snow that fell in their neck of the woods, with some of them wondering how it was even possible to get this much snow in September. Many of the posts featured the hashtag #snowtember, along with #ABstorm and #yycsnow.

The snow is expected to slow down on September 30 as the storm moves further into Saskatchewan. Meanwhile, it's going to be 28 degrees in Toronto on October 1. 

Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.


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