Friday, April 30, 2010

Winterstorm..( BBC)

Winter-like storm howls through Alberta

Up to 25cm of snow fell during Wednesday night and Thursday.

Southern parts of the Canadian province of Alberta were blanketed by up to 25 centimetres (9.8 inches) of snow during Wednesday night and Thursday as a winter-like storm system blew through.

High winds and heavy, wet snow brought down power lines and cause disruption to transport, especially in the city of Calgary during Thursday morning.

According to forecasters, late-season snowstorms are not unusual in southern Alberta, with the biggest snowfall often recorded during the months of April and September.

Lethbridge, south-east of Calgary near the Canadian-US border recorded 52.8cm (20.8in) of snow on 28th April 1967, which stands as the record for April snowfall in the city.

On Friday the storm was finally clearing southern Alberta, with warmer weather expected across the province over the weekend.