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Blast of winter: Lethbridge hit with snowfall, freezing temperatures – Lethbridge

This week’s cold weather and blizzards have returned to reality for Lethbridge residents after several days of spring-like temperatures this winter.

Tuesday saw a steady snowfall, with temperatures dropping to around -18 degrees Celsius. Temperatures are forecast to drop below -30 degrees Celsius by Thursday evening.

These conditions come after meteorologist Brian Proctor said it was warmer than last month.

“What we’re actually seeing is what we saw this winter, and it’s really kind of a high-amplitude pattern,” Proctor explained. “We saw lots of cold air, then warm air floods, and through most of January, much of southern Alberta, in fact most of the province, saw near-seasonal or above-season temperatures. .”

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Transport crews transition to Lethbridge’s 24/7 snow service from Monday, with approximately 20 full-time staff covering 12-hour shifts, supported by part-time and contract workers.

Lethbridge City Transport Manager Darwin Jewell said: ‘After two weeks of beautiful Chinook weather, winter is back.

Phase 1 Snow Route This means that vehicle owners must move their vehicles off the road in one of these designated areas. The route covers about 25 kilometers of roads in the city.

The system will be introduced in 2022 and has been activated several times.

To raise awareness and familiarize residents with the route, the city has issued about 1,500 warnings, but no tickets so far.

“As of tomorrow morning, we will be issuing tickets to people who do not move their vehicles in the first stage plowing to the right,” Juell said on Tuesday.

more Information about the route can be found on the city’s website.

Help vulnerable people stay warm

Lethbridge Soup Kitchen has experienced winters in southern Alberta for years, so they are used to snow and cold.

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Approximately 125 people use each meal, with three meals served each day.

“One thing we’ve noticed is[when it gets colder]the numbers go up a bit. People don’t move as much. When it’s cold, it’s harder to get from point A to point B,” he said. Executive Director Bill Ginther said.

Soup Kitchen does not currently have the ability to act as a warming center, but is looking for ways to keep people warm.

“There is a new policy maintained by Streets Alive where if the temperature drops below -10 degrees Celsius, the bus will come forward between 8pm and 8am to give us a place to warm up. “

As one of the only organizations of its kind open on weekends, Ginther encourages residents to donate gloves and hats to clients.

The first official day of spring is March 21st.

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