Two clippers to bring snow and freezing rain to northern Prairies
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:11 -
Northern parts of the Prairies are in for a messy weekend thanks to two clipper systems closing in on the region.
While southern parts of the Prairies bask in 'tropical' temperatures, the northern portions can prepare to do some shoveling.
The first clipper will push into northwestern Alberta Saturday afternoon and begin to track eastward through the evening and overnight.
FEELING TROPICAL?: Parts of the Prairies can expect a 30 degree temp swing this weekend!
Making matters worse will be freezing rain associated with this system that will develop over the Peace region Saturday evening and spread eastward to the Saskatchewan border by Sunday morning. The biggest areas of concern are Peace River, Wabasca and Marianna Lake. Fort McMurray will be near the northern edge of the freezing rain boundary, therefore seeing predominantly snow with this system.
Meanwhile, a second clipper will take a similar path over northern Alberta, Saksatchewan and Manitoba Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
"With these two clipper systems, people can expect to see five to 10 cm of snowfall," says Weather Network Meteorologist Matt Grinter.
Grinter adds that areas west and northwest of Edmonton, can expect to see strong winds as a result of the second clipper system combining with a Pineapple Express currently affecting British Columbia.
Residents are advised to visit our Alerts page for watches and warnings.