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Spring in the Prairies: Snow today, frigid temperatures tomorrow

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:52 AM -

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than with a snowfall warning in parts of the Prairies?

"An Alberta clipper will pass through the Prairies throughout the day, leading to widespread snowfall accumulations across Alberta and southern Saskatchewan," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Southwestern Alberta could see up to 10 cm, while Calgary is forecast to see 2-5 cm."

Strong winds in the wake of the system will likely produce some reduced visibilities in blowing snow over open areas and along major highways, warns Environment Canada in the statement early Thursday.

"A significant drop in temperature will also occur throughout the overnight leading to well below seasonal temperatures for much of the region over the next two days," Soderholm says.


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A snowfall warning was also issued for parts of southern Saskatchewan, with a risk of freezing rain through the early morning hours.

"Mild air ahead of this system has created a band of freezing rain, which has spread into the southeastern half of the province this morning," said EC early Thursday.

Slippery surfaces and locally hazardous driving conditions were reported.

Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are expected by Friday morning. 

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