Alberta digs out from winter dump that left drifts up to two metres high

Albertans are digging out after a massive burst of winter weather buried the southern part of the province in up to 40 centimetres of wind-whipped snow.

Crews were working hard to get a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary open after blowing and drifting snow forced it’s closure Monday.

The Calgary Board of Education kept its schools open, but cancelled bus service and urged parents to make their own decisions about sending kids to class.

At the airport in Calgary, several flight were still listed as cancelled and many more were delayed — a repeat of what happened Monday, at the storm’s height.

Lethbridge, to the south of Calgary, received 30 centimetres of snow and nearby Pincher Creek was dealing with an excess of 40 centimetres.

Environment Canada’s Bill McMurtry said snow drifts in some areas have been measured at more than two metres.

Blizzard warnings for the Lethbridge area ended Tuesday morning.

While the storm brought many things to a crawl, it didn’t stop Albertans from helping out when needed.

Calgary Meals on Wheels issued a plea for drivers to help deliver meals, as many of its regular drivers couldn’t get through snow drifts in their small vehicles.

In short order, spokeswoman Christine Conley said they were able to fill the vacant routes.