The cold will soon ease in Alberta, but will be mixed with heavy snow

The cold will soon ease in Alberta, but will be mixed with heavy snow
The cold will soon ease in Alberta, but will be mixed with heavy snow

While there is finally some good news for cold-stricken Albertans this week as temperatures have risen again this week, they are also dealing with something else this week: snow, and in some areas, a lot of it.

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Parts of Alberta could see up to 35cm of snow. Calgary could see 10-20cm of snow.

Be prepared to adjust your driving to changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.

Travel on Wednesday, especially south of Calgary, is discouraged.

Tuesday to Wednesday

A front from northern British Columbia will move into Alberta Tuesday through Wednesday, moving south along the foothills. Towards the end of this system, the coastal low from BC will move into southern Alberta, which will stimulate snowfall.

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Snow showers will develop near Hinton in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning and will end before noon. There is a slight chance of snow showers in Edmonton during this time.

By evening, the snow will move south toward Calgary, continuing into Wednesday evening. Areas south of there, including Claresholm, Lethbridge and Pincher Creek, will see the heaviest snowfall, with over 35 cm in the 24-30 hour period.


The snowfall will be of the light and fluffy variety, thanks to the very bitter cold temperatures, so expect it to accumulate quickly and blow easily across the roads.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and adapt to changing road conditions as snowfall increases.

Extreme cold breaks record series

Since last Thursday, the Prairies have been plagued by record temperatures and extreme cold. Edmonton Airport even recorded -40°C or colder for the fifth day in a row.

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That period ties the record for the longest period of -40°C or colder. During the same period, three of those days dropped below -45°C, making it the longest period of -45°C or colder temperatures for the airport.


Calgary also continued to experience extreme cold. Friday was only -30.4°C. This was the coldest day in Calgary since February 1, 1989 (-31.9°C).

Temperatures will slowly rise again and increase by almost 10%. 40 degrees during the week, bringing Western Canada out of the freezing cold.

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