While it may have felt like fall, even summer, in some areas of the southern and central Prairies this week, we can expect winter to make its presence known this weekend.
Photo credit: Environment and Climate Change Canada.
A low-pressure system will bring heavy amounts of snow to areas in southern Alberta, and Saskatchewan starting on Saturday (as the image above depicts). When all is said and done, we can expect 10-15 cm of snow in southwestern Alberta (including the city of Calgary), and 20-50 cm of snow in extreme southwestern and southeastern Alberta (including the cities of Lethbridge and Medicine Hat), as well as southern Saskatchewan. Swift Current and Regina will see be the area that snow accumulations around 50 cm are most likely. This snow will not clear out of southern Alberta until Monday and last through to early Tuesday in southern Saskatchewan.
To make travelling conditions worse, in most areas stretching from Calgary to Yorkton (especially in southwestern Saskatchewan) winds will be gusting up to 80 km/h. Because of this, blowing and drifting snow is expected. If you are driving and/or flying, visibility will be reduced and roads/flights could be closed. The Trans-Canada Highway could be closed in portions.
I will keep you updated on this situation, including the daily snowfall forecasts that we now offer. They can be found on our social media pages, and here: https://www.wxcentre.ca/snowfall-forecast