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Snow reported in northern B.C. and Alberta

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 4:49 PM - It wasn't a welcome sight for many after a particularly harsh winter.

A low pressure system armed with a mass of cold air brought temperatures down in northern portions of B.C. and Alberta, causing it to snow.

While most of the precipitation fell as rain, there was enough white flakes to coat the ground in some places.

"Snow in June isn't unheard of in northern parts of these provinces," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.

"Fort Nelson, B.C. for example normally sees 0.1 cm of snow in June and 0.6 cm in August. There's a lot of weather variability in the area due to the elevation and topography seen in B.C. and Alberta."


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So -- Wednesday's snowfall will probably be a one-time thing, right?

Wrong.

"Thursday overnight into Friday morning a low will advance," Vaswani says.

"Behind that low, colder air will funnel into northern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba, raising the risk for additional snowfall."

The low will start in Alberta and move eastward.

"Even communities that aren't forecast to receive snow will see a temperature drop," Vaswani adds.

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