PHOTOS: Blizzard Buries Alberta Under Massive Snow Drifts

By , Meteorologist
December 4, 2013; 3:12 AM ET
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An all-out blizzard slammed Alberta, Canada, including the Calgary area, on Monday. Locally, more than 60 cm or nearly two feet of snow fell and resulted in dangerous travel conditions.

"Strong north winds gusting over 80 km/h created blizzard conditions Monday in Alberta, making travel extremely difficult if not impossible," Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

Kootenay Pass, Alberta, received 61 cm (24 inches) of snow, while Paulson Summit received 44 cm (17.3 inches). Amounts were lighter at Calgary International Airport, where 14 cm (5.5 inches) of snow were measured.

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The high winds throughout much of Alberta caused significant blowing and drifting of snow, adding to poor travel conditions.

A sun dog is visible behind the snow drifts northeast of Strathmore, Alberta, on Dec. 3, 2013 (Twitter Photo/@dapplehorse).

"It will take us a week to dig out! Have to rescue the tractor first," @dapplehorse tweeted. This photo from northeast of Strathmore, Alberta, was taken on Dec. 3, 2013 (Twitter Photo/@dapplehorse).

High Snow drifts in Cochrane, Alberta, of around 3 feet on Dec. 2, 2013 (Twitter Photo/@BraydonMoreSo).

Official Pincher Creek Echo snowpocalypse snow stick reading at of 1:30 p.m. MST Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, was 37 cm or 14.5 inches (Pincher Creek Echo/QMI Agency/Bryan Passifiume).

Very high snow drifts in Calgary, Alberta, on Dec. 3, 2013 (Instagram Photo/lizanneviljoen).

Snow in Calgary, Alberta, on Dec. 3, 2013 (Instagram Photo/Jn Parnacio).

Content contributed by Staff Writer Samantha-Rae Tuthill.


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