Red Deer braces for heavy weekend snowfall

City crews were busy preparing Friday to stay ahead of the wintery weather.

City of Red Deer Public Works roads employee John Watson uses a front end loader to fill a sanding truck in the sand a salt tent at the City yards on Friday. With environment Canada forecasting about 5 cm. of snow to fall Friday night and another 10-15 cm falling with gusting winds through the day Saturdady

City crews were busy preparing Friday to stay ahead of the wintery weather.

With about up to 20 cms of snow expected to fall in Red Deer by Saturday evening, crews are getting the equipment and personnel ready for the expected heavy snowfall.

“We’re going over all our sanders and plows to make sure they are in good running order in preparation for the snow,” Jim Chase, roads superintendent for the City of Red Deer, said Friday.

Chase said the snow plows haven’t been put on the streets since January so they have to test the graders and ensure everything is in working condition.

The crews will start clearing the high priority areas including hills, bridges, high collision areas, hospital access routes and arterial routes as in the snow and ice policy, said Chase.

Chase said should the expected snow actually fall, about 16 pieces of city equipment – sanders, graders and snow ploughs – will be on the roads throughout the weekend.

Staff were notified that they may be called in to work.

“They are looking forward to some snow,” said Chase. “They had a slow winter. They are looking to get out there and do what they do best.”

According to Environment Canada, light snow was expected to begin late Friday afternoon with two to four cms expected to fall overnight. Saturday, heavy and at times blowing snow throughout the day is forecast, with between 10 and 15 cms of snow.

Sunny skies are in the forecast for Sunday with a 60 per cent chance of flurries.

The snowfall warning for Central Alberta includes Red Deer, Ponoka, Stettler and Innisfail.

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