Calgary cleans up from 'Snow-tember'; warmer weather forecast
Karolyn Coorsh, CTVNews.ca
Published Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:22AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:24PM EDT
Don’t worry, Calgary: Autumn is returning to the city.
Warmer temperatures are expected to bring a respite to Southern Alberta following a pair of snowstorms that damaged the city’s tree canopy and caused major power outages.
Calgary was still in recovery mode early Thursday, as residents continued to dig out from three days of heavy, wet snow that snapped trees, and knocked out power lines.
Power utility ENMAX said, after crews worked through the night, all power had been restored. At one point during the storm, 30,000 customers did not have electricity.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Wednesday that he was “shocked” by the damage the storm left in its wake. He said that it would likely take days or even weeks to deal with the damage.
“We are going to see some real damage and that is an extraordinary shame,” Nenshi said. “I know how hard generations of people in this community have worked to build the tree canopy.”
About 10 centimetres of snow fell in Calgary on Wednesday, as residents continued to clean up after a late-summer snowstorm brought several centimetres of snow to the city Monday.
Sunny skies ahead
Despite the early taste of winter, it appears Calgarians can breathe a sigh of relief and put the shovels away.
Environment Canada says temperatures are expected to rise Thursday, with a high of 10 C. Warmer temperatures are expected to remain in the double-digits with sunny skies also in the forecast.