Heavy rain, snow and cooler temperatures to blast the Prairies mid-week
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 9:34 -
Two clippers over the holiday brought snow to the southern Prairies and northwestern Ontario, giving away to another storm later this week.
Snowfall amounts from Thursday night into Saturday morning were impressive for mid-April throughout the southern Prairies.
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These totals were short-lived, however, with some temperatures reaching above zero on Sunday.
High pressure will be moving through the Prairies on Monday, where residents will have a day to enjoy the clear skies before the next big storm arrives. Above seasonal temperatures will persist across all three provinces on Tuesday, before plunging drastically to near freezing on Thursday.
This Pacific storm will be crossing the Rockies on Tuesday, bringing rain showers, windy conditions and cooler temperatures through the region.
At the moment, the heaviest rains look to be in the southern Prairies -- where the northern Prairies may see sun, clouds, and cool temperatures.
Edmonton can expect to see 20 mm of rain between Tuesday and Wednesday, with it chaning into snow showers overnight into Thursday.
Calgary, however, will see heavier rain showers, with some parts of the region seeing up to 40-60 mm of rain by Wednesday night. Rain will change over to snow overnight into Thursday, bringing up to 5 cm to the region.
Throughout Alberta, winds will be an issue with this storm. Winds will be gusting at least 60 km/h with this system.
Saskatoon will receive 15-20 mm of rain, with a chance of flurries Wednesday night into Thursday.
Regina will see 20-40 mm of rain on Wednesday, before changing to a rain/snow mix on Thursday. Breezy conditions through these two cities will be sustained up to 40 km/h on Wednesday and Thursday.
As we mentioned earlier, people can expect a drastic change in temperatures between Tuesday and Thursday. An approximate 15 to 20 °C drop is in the forecast.
Communities along flood-prone rivers will enjoy mild temperatures and sunny skies through Wednesday morning, before the system arrives.
Up to 20 mm of rain is possible, with winds gusting to near 50 km/h for southern parts of the province.
Mild conditions will give way to near freezing temperatures on Thursday, with a chance of snow showers in the morning hours.
This system could be a concern for those living along the rivers. Our very own Deb Matejicka will be live on location bringing you the latest updates on the situation throughout the week.