October 2nd, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 40
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Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
This weekend is probably the craziest weekend weather wise I’ve ever seen.

Not only did it snow enough my nephews and nieces could disappear in snow drifts simply by stepping outside but entire cities and towns were basically shut down due to the snow.

I was trapped in Lethbridge over the weekend and wasn’t able to make it back to the Pass until Tuesday morning simply because the highway was impassible and closed in certain sections.

The university and college were both closed in the city, transit didn’t run Monday morning, doctors’ offices were closed and even some other businesses stayed closed today.

If anyone was crazy enough to drive in Lethbridge, it would’ve looked like a ghost town.

Believe it or not, my parents have seen and experienced worse.

My family used to live in a northern BC town called Smithers.

I was too young to remember what a winter looked like there, but I’ve heard some incredible stories.
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One story still seems a little more unbelievable than others though.

That story is about a winter storm on the weekend of Remembrance Day one year.

That weekend, my parents had to deal with seven feet of snow.

Not only did they have to shovel the driveway multiple times, but they also had to climb up on the roof and shovel the snow off to prevent it from caving in.

A local business wasn’t as lucky and had their roof cave in due to the weight of the snow.

Now, luckily, we didn’t have it quite that bad in this area, but man oh man, did we still have an insane amount of snow.

There were countless numbers of pictures with people’s cars simply missing under snow drifts, snowplows getting towed out of sticky situations and roads that became hockey rinks due to ice and snow.
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But even with all the snow, I feel people managed to stay relatively warm and safe.

There were a couple accidents out on the roads over the weekend but considering the amount and how quickly it fell and what the road conditions looked like, I feel southern Alberta drivers did alright getting form point a to b when they absolutely had to.

With the weather now looking to warm up, we can try and get back to a little bit of fall again because we really didn’t get much before winter Armageddon hit.

This storm served as a reminder that we should get out and enjoy the autumn colours (if there are any left) after what we just had before the snow settles in for good.

Hopefully we still have a month or so before that happens.
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