Canada Alberta: Warnings issued for a month's worth of snow on the way
10-20 cm of snow expected after warning issued for Calgary, Lethbridge and surrounding areas
A snowfall warning was issued for parts of southern Alberta on Saturday.Environment Canada issued the warning at 4:30 a.m.
One month's worth of snow is on the way for parts of Alberta as a series of systems move in from the Pacific and continue through much of the weekend. Non-essential travel is discouraged, especially with some northwestern sections of the province set to see up to 40 cm. This snow arrives ahead of a "brutally cold" arctic air mass that sends much of the Prairies right into January by Sunday. More on the timing of this snow and just how frigid things will get, below.
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- Prolonged snow event will bring heavy accumulations to the northern Rockies and foothills through the weekend
- Calgary will avoid the worst of the snow, but still with some upsloping snow expected Saturday night
- Arctic air brings widespread temperatures well below average for second week of November
- Stay aware of in your area
WATCH BELOW: SYSTEM SPREADS SNOW ACROSS THE WESTERN PRAIRIES
Temperatures have certainly been cold enough to make it feel like winter across the Prairies this week, and now with some significant snow targeting parts of Alberta over the weekend, things will most definitely be looking a lot like winter, too.
Prairies: Wintry cold snap, hefty helping of snow on the way
Mid-winter temperatures are about to take hold on the PrairiesRepeated cold fronts trailing down over the western Prairies will bring several bursts of snow to the region through the week ahead. The very dry, Arctic air increasingly in place over the region means accumulations will be pretty limited for most, with one big exception -- western Alberta.
"This will be a significant wind and snow event for parts of western and northern Alberta," says meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "The snow will impact travel along the Yellowhead and QE2 Highway late Friday and into Saturday before extending across Saskatchewan and into Manitoba as well."
Between 10-15+ cm of snow is expected in the city of Edmonton, which is close to the monthly average of 17 cm for November, with much higher totals west of the city and into the foothills and northern Rockies. As much as 40 cm of snow could fall in places like Grand Prairie through Sunday, where a winter storm warning is currently in effect.
"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve," Environment Canada warns. "Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult."
Southern regions, including the city of Calgary, will escape the worst of this system, but some upsloping snow as the front sinks south could still bring about 5 cm Saturday night.
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Winter's icy fingers have touched most of the Prairies since late September, causing havoc and frustration for many farmers trying to get crops off their fields. Dave Reid, who farms near Cremona, northwest of Calgary, estimates 20 to 25 per cent of his canola is still in the ground under layers of snow. Dave Reid, who farms near Cremona, northwest of Calgary, estimates 20 to 25 per cent of his canola is still in the ground under layers of snow. And it may have to stay there.
FEELING LIKE JANUARY
Beyond this blast of heavy snowfall, the story really becomes the frigid temperatures.
"We're looking at the coldest temperatures so far this fall season by the late weekend as daytime highs stay about 15°C below normal," says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. "Factor in the wind chill and the warmest part of the day on Sunday will feel like the -20s."
That's even below seasonal by January standards!
The frigid pattern looks to relax into the middle to end of next week, with some areas even seeing above seasonal temperatures by next weekend.
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