People living in the Edmonton area faced cancelled bus service, snow-covered roads and yet more shovelling Monday after a weekend storm pounded the province.
Between 25 and 35 centimetres of snow had fallen in the capital region since Friday night.
More than 100 plows worked to clear city streets. About 80 per cent of arterial roads were cleared by Monday morning, said Bob Dunford, the city's director of roadway maintenance.
Dunford believed crews would be able to start clearing residential streets by Thursday morning.
"Again that's always dependent on the weather, too. I mean, the long-range forecast is calling for five to 10 centimetres on Thursday, again, which will of course change everything," he said.
The storm, the worst in about 10 years, dumped more snow than Edmonton usually gets in all of January, Dunford said.
The Century Park Park and Ride lot was not cleared Monday, which created some delays for commuters wanting to connect with the LRT.
"We pay monthly now … so you think there's better services around here but unfortunately not," said Mustafa Rasheed. "I was stuck like in the morning for half an hour and now for another half an hour, so a whole hour just inside the parking lot just trying to get out or get in."
Responsibility for the Century Park lot falls under Edmonton Transit, which had some equipment problems, Dunford said. The lot was expected to be cleared Monday night. Park and ride lots at Clareview, Belvedere and Stadium were cleared by Monday morning.
"Perhaps it would be better if we included [Century Park] with all the other ones," Dunford said. The Century Park LRT station opened in April.
Most school buses were running in Edmonton and Sturgeon School Division, but many rural school buses were not.
Edmonton Catholic Schools was caught off guard when 38 of the district's 192 buses didn't show up for their routes Monday morning, said spokesperson Lori Nagy.
"One of our carriers … didn't have their yard plowed … so literally 38 buses could not leave the yard this morning because they were stuck," said Nagy.
Students left in cold
Bus company First Student had indicated to the school district Sunday its buses would be on the road, she said.
Some staff members from individual schools went out to pick up students along bus routes, said Nagy. Other students were forced to return home.
Donna Zubko's 11-year-old son waited in the cold for half an hour. When he returned home to call his mother, he picked up the ringing phone to hear the automated call telling parents the buses weren't running.
"Why was the automated call done at 8:35?" Zubko wondered. "Most people are at work by then."
Edmonton's Catholic and public school boards have cancelled early education and noon pickup kindergarten buses for the rest of the week because of the snow, although there still will be morning kindergarten.
Highways in the south of the province were hit even harder on the weekend.
Highway 1 from Strathmore to Redcliff was reopened to travellers Monday afternoon. Only one lane was open near Cluny, and RCMP said they were still recommending people avoid the area.
The snowfall is being celebrated by skiers, however.
Jasper’s Marmot Basin had seen little snow over this winter.
The ski hill got a dump of 38 centimetres of fresh snow, said Dave Gibson, president of the resort.
More snow is forecast for Jasper and the Edmonton region later this week.