Environment Canada has ended their snowfall warning for the Edmonton area.
— Margeaux Maron (@MargeauxMorin) April 14, 2017
Meanwhile, the City of Edmonton says it doesn’t matter that the snow fell heavily on a statuatory holiday.
Eighty sanders were deployed Friday morning, even though it was Good Friday.
“We are prepared to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter if it’s a holiday or a weekend. We are prepared for anything,” said the city’s Melissa Lovatt.
As of noon on Friday, the city was reporting main roads in good condition.
“We are going to continue to monitor the road conditions, and adjust as we need to,” said Lovatt.
In spite of the snow, it’s business as usual for passengers at the Edmonton International Airport, according to spokesperson Chris Chodan.
“Basically we’re open.” said Chodan. “The only thing we do advise is people to check with the airlines because there is a possibility of delays with de-icing, which, we run that.”
As of noon on Friday, there were also a handful of arrivals and departures listed as cancelled on FlyEIA.com, but Chodan said that wasn’t because of the snow. He said extra snow removal crews have been brought in and have been clearing the runways non-stop.
“It appears like the snow is starting to melt a bit as it hits the ground, so that’s a good sign.” said Chodan. “But anyway, we’re used to having up to 200 days a year of snow removal, so we’ve got people to do that. So we’ll continue on. Safety is first priority, but we’ll continue to operate.”
And, Chodan strongly urged travellers to leave extra early for the airport, since the roads were in very rough shape.
As always, Edmontonians took to Twitter to express their frustration with the spring weather.
— Jamie Haggett (@jhaggett) April 13, 2017
— KarlieMildraed (@KarlieMildraed) April 13, 2017
Large flakes coming down in SE Edm. Wind starting to gust. #yegwx
— Dee Duquette (@deestazzy) April 13, 2017
— EPCOR (@EPCOR) April 13, 2017
— DebraWard (@DebraWard) April 13, 2017
Fans: This is awesome! The Oilers haven’t played in Spring & with nice weather for 11 years!
Mother Nature: Hold my beer#yegwx
— Ben (@Ben_in_yeg) April 13, 2017
Bonnyville, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, Fort McMurray and Fort MacKay are all under a winter storm warning. (Files from Kirby Bourne, Kyle Morris, Morgan Smith, and Eileen Bell.)