Photo Essay: First Snowfall in Edmonton

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!“, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

Edmonton woke up to snowfall this morning. Some people rushed for cover, I rushed for my camera to go capture the sights. In the midst of the excitement, I locked myself out of my house in my pajamas, with no wallet or phone on me. I managed to trudge through the light coating of snow, find a spare key, get back inside, and get my day underway. I even brought my camera with me once I did. Here are some sights from Edmonton on the first day of snowfall.

This guy is really keen. He’s already ensuring any snow falling doesn’t interfere with his car.

Clearing Snow

This SUV slows to a stop as the snow continues to fall.

Slowing Down

The remants of fall poke through the fresh lair of snow.

Foliage and Snow

Snow doesn’t slow some people down. Here, a lady and her dog are out for a morning run.


That lady’s not the only one who won’t let winter get in the way. The bike rack at the South Campus Transit Centre/LRT station is still full.

Biking in the Snow

Students and other passengers on the LRT are dressed for the weather.

Walking to the LRT

The LRT pulls in to South Campus station on a snow-covered track.

Train in the Snow

The Oliver/Downtown skyline, as seen from the Menzies bridge. I’m on the LRT heading northbound here.


After a brief mid-morning reprieve, the snow started to fall again in Churchill Square downtown.

Churchill Square

The public art piece “Lunchbreak” in Churchill Square was getting covered in snow.

Lunchbreak in the Snow

People run for cover under the scaffolding heading from City Centre Mall to Rice Howard Way.

Running for Cover

The snow falls on the River Valley and the Muttart Conservatory.

Snow on the Valley

In spite of the snow, some runners weren’t slowed down.

Running in the Snow

As the snow fell, a fog obscured the skyline of Saskatchewan Drive.


Workers clear off snow and ice from the steps to the Williams Engineering building downtown.

Clearing Snow

The intersection of 114th and 87th Ave on the University of Alberta campus.


The University of Alberta Quad. The ladies at the table on the right were giving away free hot chocolate for people with reusable cups.


The snow stopped and the sun came out in the afternoon, but we had a brief snowfall again around dinner time. Here the snow falls around 6pm as drivers make their way home.


This lady out walking her dog (obscured by the tree on the left) is bundled up, and clearly ready to handle winter.

Walking in the Snow

Over the weekend, I’ll be posting more photos from today on Flickr.


5 Responses

  1. Love it – although, looking at photos is a lot nicer than actually being *in* the cold.

  2. Agreed. It got pretty cold out there at a couple of different moments.

  3. Cool – thanks for sharing these shots! It makes me a bit homesick and sad that all we got here in Ottawa yesterday was drizzle-drizzle-rain-drizzle.

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  5. Hi there! I was amazed when I read your article, great shots! Its 2012 and waiting for the next first snowfall for this year

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