Record snowfall in Calgary overnight; temperatures matched only by Iqaluit

CALGARY – The weather in Maui on Thursday was 30 C and humid. In Calgary, the mercury was 3 C at the dinner hour and it snowed for the first time in recorded history on this date.

Environment Canada issued a warning Thursday night indicating a disturbance from northern Montana was poised to wallop southern Alberta with snow.

However, this morning Calgarians awoke to a somewhat improved forecast. Environment Canada expects the wet snow to end early today. Later today, expect cloudy conditions and a 40-per-cent chance of rain showers.

Still, as of 7 a.m. Calgary time, the city’s temperature is tied for the lowest among major Canadian centres, at 1 C. Only Iqaluit, Nunavut, matched Calgary’s temperature levels.

Among the cities warmer than Calgary this morning are Yellowknife (6 C), Whitehorse (7 C), and Prince George (11 C).

AMA is reporting patches of icy sections on highways southwest of town, around the area of Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Bragg Creek.

For Friday night, the Calgary forecast calls for a low of 1 C and periods of rain becoming mixed with wet snow before morning.

Thursday’s foul weather led to the cancellation of the Calgary Vipers’ opening home game against the visiting Maui Strong Warriors at Foothills Stadium.

Left fielder Mark Okano and many of his Maui teammates would rather have been surfing in the ocean than shivering in the snow.

"There are guys from Hawaii on the team and most of them haven’t even seen snow before," said Okano, a former Viper. "They are not dressed for it. Me? I layered it up because I am lucky enough to understand Calgary."

It’s the first time the Hawaiian team has visited here.

"Everybody was excited to play, but the field looks like a skating rink," said Okano.

The risk of snow flurries is expected to linger into Saturday — which has led to the cancellation of the annual Calgary Stampeders’ Fan Fest.

It will start to warm up Saturday afternoon, but only to a high of 4 C. The weekend should end on a high note.

That’s good news for Jennifer Rempel, organizer of the annual Lilac Festival on 4th Street S.W. slated for Sunday. "We weren’t even paying attention to the "S" word," she said.

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