More heavy snow and rain pushes into BC, Alberta, frigid temperatures grip Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Monday, December 30, 2013, 10:56 AM -
Strong winds and blowing snow were reported through much of southern Alberta Friday night as a cold front swept through the region.
Now, a series of systems are making for a snowy end to 2013 for the west-central parts of the province.
Between 10-20 cm of snow is forecast in the hardest hit places through Tuesday.
A snowfall warning is also in place for BC's Interior with up to 35 cm possible by the time all is said and done.
Heavy rain is falling across the northern and central coast with much lighter rain amounts forecast in the south.
"Vancouver has close to a 100 mm rainfall deficit for December," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "About 60 mm has fallen so far versus the monthly average of 160 mm."
While Saskatchewan and Manitoba escape this latest snowy blast, widespread wind chill warnings are in place in both provinces.
A bitterly cold Arctic airmass continues to reside over the regions with wind chills in the -40s recorded in some areas.
At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than five minutes.