Calgarians woke up Tuesday on streets, sidewalks, and cars covered in fresh snow when the city saw up to 40 inches of white things fall overnight.

The snow started on Monday evening and with it came strong north winds, which caused disruptive driving conditions and poor visibility

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In Calgary, in southwest Alberta, a major winter storm is expected on Monday, up to 50 cm of snow is expected

According to Environment Canada, YYC Calgary International Airport recorded eight inches of Snow Tuesday as of 11 a.m.

In other parts of the city the amount of snowfall was between 20 and 40 centimeters, depending on the region

“There’s a lot of it at the same time it’s pretty magical this time of year It will be nice to see the white Christmas,” said Calgarian Krista Medhurst

“I have a house full of kids and when it started snowing they were ready outside and went for a walk with their dad I find the snow pretty magical and wonderful, especially the week before Christmas”

From midnight to noon, Calgary police said they had responded to 44 collisions, including two with injuries and nine hits and runs involving property or other vehicles

The emergency services in town were also busy responding to a large number of calls, but, like many Calgarians this morning, had difficulty getting through snowy streets

“There have been a few situations where our ambulances got stuck, mostly on back (and) residential streets, but we managed to break free and get back into service,” said Adam Loria of Calgary EMS

Photos posted to Global News from across the city and the communities on the outskirts showed deep snow

Several Calgary transit buses struggled early Tuesday morning The transit authority tweeted that many routes had been diverted and that some communities were unreachable

“Many buses are stuck on main roads, most of them in the municipalities,” it says in a tweet

# CTTRiders update; The forecast calls for snow at times that are strong due to the AM rush and well into the early afternoon Many buses are stuck on main roads, as is the majority that are stuck in the communitiesthttps: // tco / lSRUnb1qPz picTwittercom / TAILpTn6tH

The city’s transportation department also tweeted that given the amount of snow that had fallen, the crews were focusing on priority 1 routes that have the most traffic in the city, such as B. Crowchild and Glenmore trails

“While road conditions may seem fine, citizens are reminded to drive in wintry conditions,” the city said

Good morning, our crews are concentrating on busy roads – although there is still a lot of snow to be expected today. Stay safe out there and give our gear plenty of room to work #yycsnow #yyctraffic picTwittercom / Q1Vem69jzT

Alberta RCMP also advised drivers to stay away from Highway 40 and Highway 1 on Tuesday morning due to “extremely poor” driving conditions

“Canmore RCMP advises against non-essential journeys on Highway 1 West from Exit 114 to the Banff Park Gates as road crews are working to clear the road surface from drifting snow,” a press release said both east and west, and entrances and exits were slippery

From 10 am Kananaskis has registered 70 centimeters of snow, according to Environment Canada. Canmore was not hit quite as hard as the residents dug out of 40 centimeters

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World News – CA – Calgary is covered in 40cm of snow as winter storm blows through