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Blast of snow impacts commute in southern Alberta Wednesday, grim Easter forecast ahead

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:53 -

Below seasonal temperatures and steady snow flurries. That pretty much sums up the spring forecast across the Prairies Wednesday.

"Scattered flurries will continue to affect Alberta and Saskatchewan through Thursday, with up to 10 cm possible along the Alberta foothills," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler.


EASTER WEEKEND: What weather can you expect


The snow caught many drivers off guard early Wednesday, including in the city of Calgary where slick conditions and collisions were reported.

"Heavy accumulations aren't expected, but a steady snow will persist throughout the day, which could lead to more travel problems," adds Monica Vaswani, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "There will also be a stark temperature difference from the warmer and above seasonal temperatures many communities were enjoying Tuesday."

Calgary for example, will see an almost 10 degree drop on Wednesday.

EASTER LONG WEEKEND FORECAST

"A messy system will develop in Alberta and Saskatchewan for Good Friday, bringing rain to the south, snow to the north, and possibly an area of freezing rain," says Ressler. "This system will track east through Saturday."

SNOW IN APRIL?

While many dread to think of snow storms in April, it's not as uncommon as you may think. Especially in the Prairies.

On April 21, 1932, Calgary picked up close to 46 cm of snow.

The city of Edmonton also saw over 36 cm of snow back on April 6, 1991.

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