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There will be a wallop of snow, up to 10 cm in Edmonton by Monday, and as much as 25 cm west of the city, said a weekend snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada.

The City of Edmonton, meanwhile, activated its extreme weather response Sunday as the mercury sinks into the -20 C range with wind chill for the coming days.

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Winter’s return began with snowfall in western Alberta Sunday morning, with the dump expecting to spread eastward through the day, with the most to drop Sunday night.

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Forecasters expect the snow will taper off through Monday.

With the snowfall comes a big temperature drop, back down to -17 C for a Monday high, with the overnight low in the -26 C range, said Environment Canada.

The City of Edmonton’s extreme weather response to the latest conditions is intended to keep the vulnerable from deep cold harm. The activation is expected to be in play until next Friday morning, the city said in a news release.

Open city facilities, like recreation centres and libraries, will be expecting those trying to get out of the bitter cold. A third bus will also be added to the existing overnight winter shelter shuttle service, with support staff available to help passengers access emergency shelters and referrals to other services.

Expanded shelter and day services

The Bissell Centre, meanwhile, will operate its community spaces seven days per week, Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The community space functions as a service hub, where participants can access supports, including basic services like laundry, showers, and food, as well as housing, mental health support, and employment support.

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Boyle Street Community Services will increase capacity at the following winter warming hubs:
• CO*LAB (9641 102A Ave. NW), Sunday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
• St. Faith’s Anglican Church (11725 93 St. NW), Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
• St. Luke’s Anglican Church (8424 95 Ave. NW), Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
• All Saints Anglican Cathedral (10035 103 St. NW), Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
• St Mary’s Anglican Church (11203 68 St.), Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
• Good Shepherd Anglican Church (15495 Castle Downs Road NW), Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
• C5 NE Hub (14017 Victoria Trail), Sunday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
• Stony Plain Road (15308 Stony Plain Road), Monday to Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Edmonton extreme weather plan is part of the sector emergency response, a collaboration between the city, Homeward Trust and more than 25 systems and agencies working together to keep citizens safe and warm. Winter response runs every year from Nov. 1 to April 30 during winter conditions. The city and its partners determine when it’s appropriate to activate the extreme weather response, considering conditions and existing capacity within community spaces for people experiencing homelessness.

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