In Calgary, Mother Nature is Extraodinarily Bipolar, and at no other time do her moods swing like turbo-charged pendulums than in the spring. A great example of this would be the hail storm that occurred last spring that made every car sitting outside look like they had just lost a fight with a cloud of sentient ball-peen hammers. Check it out...
That leads me to my first tip: Tip #1: Don't Be Too Proud To Pull Over
A lot of car accidents happened that day because drivers thought they could navigate through the storm. They could not. Calgary weather is nothing to be trifled with, and if you find yourself stuck in an awful storm take a few minutes out of your day and pull over. As a general rule, the more powerful a storm is, the quicker it'll blow itself out. And, it's not just freak hail storms. We get some freak regular storms as well. Here's some footage from a sudden blizzard hat blanketed the city and knocked out the power in a fair number of areas in the city. Keep in mind that this happened in the end of April, a long time after you would expect it to stop snowing and start raining.
Tip #2: Don't Take Those Winter Tires Off Just Yet
There's a saying here “If you don't like the weather in Alberta, wait five minutes”. This is actually fairly close to the truth, and it means that we can get the full yearly range of weather in any given month, including snow storms in summer. Now, I'm not saying leave your winter tires on all year-round. That would be silly. I'm just saying to keep them on until the end of May, or early June.
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