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FRIDAY (MAR. 7) - THERE'S A NICE WEEKEND IN THE FORECAST AFTER SOME BRUTAL ROAD CONDITIONS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) CREATED TRECHEROUS CONDITIONS ON AREA HIGHWAYS. ONE PERSON DIED AND MANY OTHERS INJURIED AFTER TWO SEPARATE CRASHES ON THE QE2 NEAR CARSTAIRS THURSDAY MORNING. THE CRASHES FORCED THE CLOSURE OF THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE QE2 FROM DIDSBURY TO CARSTAIRS, RE-DIRECTING TRAFFIC FOR ROUGHLY SIX HOURS AS RCMP, BUT THE HIGHWAY HAS SINCE BEEN RE-OPENED.
THURSDAY HIGHWAYS (MAR. 6) - IT'S ANOTHER SHOT FROM OLD MAN WINTER TODAY AS THE SNOW CONTINUES TO FALL THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA, MAKING FOR LESS THAN IDEAL ROAD CONDITIONS. SHERIFF LANCE CHALMERS WITH PONOKA RCMP SAYS THERE ARE NO OFFICIAL TRAVEL ADVISORIES AT THIS TIME BUT WARNS MOTORISTS TO SLOW DOWN AND TURN THEIR LIGHTS ON. CHALMERS SAYS THE POOR HIGHWAY CONDITIONS IN HIS AREA STRETCH FROM RED DEER TO HIGHWAY 616 AT THE MILLET OVERPASS. MEANTIME, THIS MORNING AT 9, AIRDRIE RCMP REPORT THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE QE-2 ARE CLOSED FROM DIDSBURY TO CARSTAIRS DUE TO A MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH. THE NORTHBOUND LANES ARE PRESENTLY OPEN.
THURSDAY (MAR. 6) - THERE ARE SOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY WITH SNOWFALL WARNINGS IN EFFECT IN MANY AREAS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA INCLUDING THE THREE HILLS, DRUMHELLER, STRATHMORE, BROOKS, VULCAN, BANFF AND KANANASKAS AREAS WITH 10-15 CM OF SNOW EXPECTED. THE RED DEER REGION IS EXPECTED AT LEAST 4 CM OF SNOW TODAY BEFORE IT WARMS UP ON FRIDAY.
PONOKA RCMP ROADS (MAR. 6) 7:55 AM - Current weather conditions are rendering the driving lanes of highway 2 from highway 11A to highway 616 poor with icy sections in areas, visibility is low along this stretch, if traveling through the area please drive with extra caution.
WEDNESDAY (MAR. 5) - LOTS OF SNOW IN THE FORECAST FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS CREATING SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS ON AREA HIGHWAYS, WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY. CAUTION IS ADVISED, THE GOOD NEWS IS TEMPERATURE ARE EXPECTED TO BE ON THE PLUS SIDE BY THE WEEKEND.
SCHOOLS/BUSES (MAR. 3) - NO BUSES RUNNING TO RED DEER'S PARKLAND SCHOOL, BUT THE SCHOOL IS OPEN.
ROADS MONDAY (MAR. 3) - CAUTION IS ADVISED ON ARE HIGHWAYS TODAY (MON), WITH THE FRESH SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH THE TEMPERATURE AND STRONG WINDS, MANY ROADS ARE VERY ICY. AGAIN TODAY THERE VERY STRONG WINDCHILLS IN THE -30'S SO DRESS FOR THE WEATHER.
FRIDAY AM COLD WEATHER (FEB. 28) - IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY COLD WEEKEND WITH HIGH'S IN THE -20'S AND LOWS IN THE -30'S WITH WINDCHILLS VERY FRIGID.
SCHOOLS-BUSES (FEB. 28) - THE COLD WEATHER HAS FORCED RED DEER'S PARKLAND SCHOOL TO SHUTDOWN BUSES TODAY, ALTHOUGH PARKLAND SCHOOL IS OPEN.
TUESDAY WEATHER (FEB. 25) - MORE FRIGID TEMPERATURES TODAY (TUES) WITH WINDCHILLS AROUND -40. THE COLD WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO BE AROUND ALL WEEK.
RECORD LOWS (FEB. 25) - IT'S SO COLD THIS WEEK, HOW COLD IS IT? WELL IT'S SO COLD WE BROKE RECORD LOWS ON MONDAY ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA. THE RED DEER AIRPORT GOT DOWN TO -33.6, BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF -32.8 SET IN 1994. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE BROKE A RECORD AT -36.5 AND SUNDRE BROKE THE RECORD WITH A -35.4, BOTH HAD OLD RECORDS OF -34.1 BACK IN 2003. THREE HILLS ALSO BROKE IT'S RECORD OF -30.2 SET BACK IN 2003, DROPPING TO -32 ON MONDAY. THE COLDEST SPOT IN THE PROVINCE YESTERDAY WAS CAMPSIE IN THE COUNTY OF BARRHEAD AT -37.9, WHILE THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY BELIEVE IT OR NOT WAS NORDEGG THAT CLIMBED TO -4 AT ONE POINT, BUT DROPPED TO -34.5.
SCHOOLS/BUSES (FEB. 25) - - RED DEER'S PARKLAND SCHOOL IS OPEN TODAY, BUT NO BUSES ARE RUNNING. IN THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION, ROUTE 7 TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS NOT RUNNING.
MONDAY (FEB. 24) - BELOW NORMAL TEMPERTURES ARE IN THE FORECAST THIS WEEK, MONDAY MORNIGN WINDCHILLS ARE AROUND -40 IN OPEN AREAS.
BUS/SCHOOL UPDATE (FEB. 24) -
- KCS ASSOCIATION IN SYLVAN LAKE IS CLOSED TODAY.
- RED DEER'S PARKLAND SCHOOL IS OPEN, BUT NO BUSES ARE RUNNING.
- ALL SCHOOLS ARE OPEN IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISON, BUT NO RURAL BUSES ARE RUNNING TO SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY.
- WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION SCHOOLS ARE ALL OPEN, BUT NO BUSES ARE RUNNING TO THE ROCKY AND CORRIDOR SCHOOLS. IN THE CAROLINE AREA THESE BUSES ARE NOT RUNNING, 18, 43, 45 AND 47.
- IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE DIVISION, ALL SCHOOLS ARE OPEN, BUT NO BUSES ARE RUNNING TO SYLVAN LAKE, BENALTO, SPRUCEVIEW AND HORIZON SCHOOLS.
- ASPIRE SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE CENTRE, SCHOOL IS OPEN BUT NO BUSES RUNNING
THURSDAY (FEB. 20) -
today..mainly sunny. increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. fog patches dissipating this morning. high minus 5.
tonight..cloudy. snow beginning late this evening. amount 2 to 4 cm. wind becoming northwest 20 km/h after midnight. low minus 12.
friday..snow ending late in the afternoon then clearing. amount 2 to 4 cm. blowing snow in open areas in the morning and afternoon. wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming light in the evening. high minus 10.
WEDNESDAY AM (FEB. 19) -
THERE ARE SNOWFALL WARNINGS IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW FOR SEVERAL AREAS NOW INCLUDING RED DEER, INNISFAIL, STETTLER AND CORONATION REGIONS... WITH 15-20 CM EXPECTED TODAY.
A low pressure system over southern alberta is creating an almost stationary band of heavy snow from the qe2 near ponoka extending eastwards to the saskatchewan border east of coronation. there have already been reports of over 10 cm in this band and a further 5 to 10 cm can be expected by this afternoon before the system moves off into saskatchewan.
Strong west winds of 60 km/h with gusts up to 100 km/h will develop this morning on the back side of the low pressure system that moved in from british columbia overnight. the winds will diminish below warning criteria early this afternoon but will remain brisk through the evening.
Snowfall warning for Drayton Valley - Devon - Rimbey - Pigeon Lake. This band will weaken to a general area of light snow later this afternoon.
WEDNESDAY (FEB. 12)
NO SCHOOL OF BUS CANCELLATIONS WE ARE AWARE OF TODAY (WED), ALTHOUGH CAUTION IS ADVISED IN THE STETTLER REGION WITH BLOWING SNOW REPORTED.
TUESDAY (FEB. 11) -
PARKLAND SCHOOL IS OPEN, BUT NO BUSES ARE RUNNING.
MONDAY (FEB. 10)
ANOTHER VERY COLD MORNING WITH WINDCHILLS CLOSE TO MINUS 40 IN MANY AREAS.
- IN THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION, ALL SCHOOLS ARE OPEN, ALTHOUGH NO BUSES ARE RUNNING IN THE ROCKY, CAROLINE AND CORRIDOR AREAS.
- PARKLAND SCHOOL IN RED DEER IS OPEN, BUT NO BUSES ARE RUNNING.
- RED DEER'S MONTESSORI PRE-SCHOOL IS CLOSED TODAY.
- Due to the extreme cold temperatures the following school bus service for the Red Deer Catholic School Division has been cancelled
Sylvan Lake schools. All school buses are cancelled but the schools are open.
Rocky Mountain House schools. All school buses are cancelled but the schools are open.
- In Chinooks Edge School Division, buses going to Spruceview and to Sylvan Lake and to Benalto will not be running today. The schools are open. All other buses are running but may be late due to the cold temperature. All schools are open. Dress warm!
- KCS ASSOCIATION IN SYLVAN LAKE IS CLOSED TODAY.
FEB. 6 - IN SYLVAN LAKE, ALL RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ARE OPEN BUT THE BUSES NOT RUNNING. KCS ASSOCIATION SCHOOL IN SYLVAN LAKE IS CLOSED TODAY. IN ROCKY, ALL RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ARE OPEN BUT THE BUSES NOT RUNNING. WILDROSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN ROCKY ARE ALSO OPEN BUT THE BUSES NOT RUNNING. THE CORRIDOR AREA ALSO HAS SCHOOLS OPEN BUT NO BUSES RUNNING. THERE ARE NO BUSES RUNNING IN SPRUCEVIEW TODAY EITHER BUT CHINOOK'S EDGE OFFICIALS SAY THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN. WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL NOT BE OPENING ANY SCHOOLS OR RUNNING THE SCHOOL BUSES TODAY. COLLEGE HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN LACOMBE IS CLOSED TODAY AS IS CENTRAL ALBERTA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL IN LACOMBE. ELSEWHERE, PONOKA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS CLOSED TODAY AS IS MAMAWI ATOSKETAN NATIVE SCHOOL IN PONOKA WHERE THE BUSES ARE NOT RUNNING EITHER.
VERY, VERY COLD (FEB. 5) - WITH THE WINDCHILL WEDNESDAY IT FEELS LIKE -40, CAUTION IS ADVISED TO EVERYONE HEADING OUTDOORS. TEMPERATURES ARE FAR BELOW NORMAL.
SCHOOL-BUS CANCELLATION LIST (WED FEB. 5)
- Wildrose Public Schools are open, although no buses are running today.
- All Chinook's Edge school buses are cancelled for today.
- Parkland School in Red Deer is open, although no buses are running
- Red Deer's Montessori Pre-School has cancelled all classes today.
- KCS Association in Sylvan Lake is closed today.
TUESDAY (FEB. 4) - VERY HIGH WINDCHILL VALUES ARE IN THE FORECAST (AROUND -30) FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
SCHOOL BUS NOTE - PARKLAND SCHOOL IN RED DEER IS OPEN, ALTHOUGH NO BUSES ARE RUNNING.
MONDAY (FEB. 3) - BLOWING SNOW EARLY MONDAY MORNING CREATED SOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS ON AREA HIGHWAYS WITH SOME REDUCED VISIBILITY, CAUTION IS ADVISED. SCATTERED FLURRIES AND HIGH WINDCHILL VALUES ARE IN THE FORECAST FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY WITH A COLD WEEK AHEAD.
THURSDAY (JAN. 30) - THERE WERE MANY VEHICLES THAT HIT THE DITCH WEDNESDAY WHEN 5-10 CM OF SNOW HIT MANY AREAS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA. THURSDAY WILL BE ANOTHER COLD JANUARY DAY WITH WINDCHILLS IN THE -20'S AND A HIGH PREDICTED ONLY NEAR -14. CAUTION IS ADVISED ON AREA HIGHWAYS AS THERE ARE SOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS, ALTHOUGH CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED SINCE WEDNESDAY.
WEDNESDAY MORNING (JAN. 29) ROAD-WEATHER UPDATE - AT LEAST 2 CM OF SNOW WILL FALL ON THE RED DEER REGION TODAY WITH CAUTION ADVISED ON AREA HIGHWAYS AS THE SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY AND CREATE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS.
RED DEER PLOWING UPDATE (JAN. 27) - THE RESIDENTIAL SNOW PLOWING CONTINUES IN RED DEER. CREWS ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR MAJOR PLOW WHICH CLEARS RIGHT TO THE PAVEMENT, LEAVING A WINDROW ON ONE SIDE. THE CITY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO COOPERATE IN MOVING PARKED VEHICLES. TODAY (MON) BUS ROUTES AND COLLECTOR ROADS WILL BE PLOWED IN PARKVALE WHILE RESIDENTIAL CLEARING WILL BEGIN IN ASPEN RIDGE AND ANDERS, TIME PERMITTING.
WEATHER CAUTION -
City of Red Deer Garbage and recycling to go Up Front
January 16, 2014
(Red Deer, Alberta) – Starting Monday, January 20, most garbage and recycling in Red Deer will be picked up in front of people’s homes for the first time, in an effort to restore The City’s usual level of service.
On their regular collection day, residents are asked to set out their garbage and recycling in front of their homes instead of in lanes/back alleys. The City of Red Deer will route contracted garbage and recycling trucks through neighbourhoods according to the usual collection schedule, but those trucks will avoid back lane pickup and collect garbage in front of homes.
“This snowfall has affected our ability to maintain an adequate level of service for garbage and recycling pickup,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Superintendent with The City of Red Deer. “As a result, we are temporarily adapting how we collect our garbage and recyclables in order to satisfy our customers and meet their needs.”
Currently, about 30 per cent of residential households receive front collection while the remaining 70 per cent receive garbage and recycling pickup in back lanes/alleys. Front collection will continue until further notice, but is expected to follow through to the spring.
Prior to front collection starting on Monday, The City is offering free drop-off locations on Saturday, January 18 to collect any garbage and recyclables recently missed. For those residents who choose not to hang onto their garbage and recycling until their next regular collection day, the following free drop-off locations are available on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City can only accept those materials missed from the regular pickup schedule:
• Deer Park Alliance Church – 2960 39 Street, east parking lot
• Oriole Park School – 5 Oldbury Street
• Parking lot on 43 Street across from the downtown arena and public market – use east entrance across from Pioneer Lodge
The Waste Management Facility at 1709 – 40 Avenue is also available for garbage and recycling missed on a regular collection day.
“Because we have been unable to get to some homes due to the warming conditions, we wanted to offer a free, one-day drop-off for those residents who need to dispose of a backlog of garbage or recyclables,” said Whitesell. “We have never before been forced to change waste collection to front pickup across the city, but we are asking residents to work with us as we explore new ways to restore our usual level of service during this challenging winter.”
Residents with questions can consult the attached Q&A Backgrounder, visit www.reddeer.ca or call The Blue Line at 403-340-2583.
CITY OF RED DEER SNOW CLEARING UPDATE -
A full plow of residential (priority 6) roads will start Jan. 14th with daily progress updates available on The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca. Daily updates will include information about everything from windrows to where the plows are headed next. Signage will be posted on all priority 4 and priority 6 residential streets at least 12 hours in advance of plowing. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to The City’s website as weather conditions change and priorities are re-evaluated on a daily basis.
Residents can also get up-to-date information by calling 403-342-8238 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Priority 1 includes hills, bridges, overpasses, high hazard locations and hospital access. Priority 2 includes arterials with focus on high collision intersections. Priority 3 includes downtown. Priority 4 includes collectors, transit routes, and residential streets adjacent to schools. Priority 5 includes industrial and commercial. Priority 6 includes all residential streets, excluding Priority 4 (collector) routes.