EDMONTON, Canada – A few hours of heavy snowfall blanketed streets and snarled traffic in and around Edmonton on Wednesday, reducing visibility to almost nothing and causing dozens of collisions in snowy intersections. CTV meteorologist Josh Classen said “the last time Edmonton had this much snow fall in one December day was on Dec. 4, 2009, when 16 centimetres fell in the city.” “The snowfall added about 15 more centimetres of fluffy snow to some areas around Edmonton. With the snow that was already on the ground, the total snow depth in Edmonton is about 20- 25 centimetres”, he said.
Light snow started Wednesday morning but became heavier as time went on, moving over Edmonton, Sherwood Park Ft. Saskatchewan and St. Albert. By mid-afternoon, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachments in Morinville, Stony Plain and Whitecourt had issued warnings about poor road conditions as near whiteout conditions hit highways north and west of the city, and motorists were being advised to stay home.
On Wednesday morning Amramp Alberta arrived in Ft. Saskatchewan to install a ramp for a client being discharged the next day. Even with the impending weather reports there was no turning back. When Amramp arrived, the site was clear and clean and a mild -10 C. By the time the ramp material was off loaded and set up for install the temp had dropped and to -15C and the snow had started! Within 20 minutes you could no longer see where materials staged to install were because of the snow fall. Eight foot handrails disappeared into the fluffy white snow like magic. We kept sweeping and installing and trying to manage the ramp parts. At one point you could only make out an outline of the ramp with all the snow. In the end the ramp went in, the skies cleared and we could see our work.
Amramp’s non-skid mesh surface allows the snow to fall through to help prevent dangerous snow and ice build-up. Because there is no need to dig footings, Amramp can be installed in almost any type of weather, any time of year, even in Ft. Saskatchewan in the winter!