Spring blizzards the rule of thumb in Alberta

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In the midst of a storm that dropped a solid foot of heavy, wet snow over two days, and while most roads were quiet, and void of traffic, there were a few brave souls who laced up their work boots and made their way outdoors.

While most of us stayed inside, warm and safe (some felt the effects of wide-spread power outages and may have been a little more chilly than others), there are a handful of people whose jobs are often overlooked when Mother Nature strikes.

While many residents took to social media to voice their displeasure of roads plugged up with snow, and power outages that sometimes lasted more than 24 hours, others worried about their family and friends – those trying to restore power, and clear roads, while the snow kept falling outside.

Although it may seem like an inconvenience to be stuck in your own home for a couple days, to scramble in the dark, and find creative ways to cook meals, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful when a spring blizzard hits. There are also lots of thank-yous owed to those who spent much of their Easter weekend away from family, working in some not-so-ideal conditions.

It may take time for roads to be cleared of the heavy, wet snow that fell, but that shouldn’t discount the work that was been done during and immediately after a storm. Don’t forget about the people who wake up early, and work much longer than a typical eight-hour shift, to get life back to normal as quickly as possible for the rest of us.

And instead of voicing displeasure and annoyance, perhaps the two spring blizzards the area experienced this year can act as a solid reminder that being prepared for unruly weather is simply part of the Alberta way of life.

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