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Warm Prairie temperatures marred by stiff winds and snow

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    Daniel Martins
    Digital Reporter

    Sunday, March 16, 2014, 8:29 PM -

    It's been a mixed bag weather wise across the Prairies this weekend.

    Alberta has basked in some of the warmest temperatures in the country, although that same warmth didn't quite take hold in the eastern part of the Prairies.

    The mountains and foothills of Alberta experienced significant snowfall since Friday night, with snowfall warnings only being dropped mid-morning on Sunday.

    This was as a result of Pacific moisture that moved into British Columbia, allowing for snow in the mountains, and also aided the development of chinook winds in southern Alberta. Wind warnings were in effect until mid-morning Sunday, with gusts of more than 100 km/h recorded.

    Another system brought some rain-snow mixing in northern Alberta early Sunday, but with cooler temperatures in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, snow is more likely as the system moves through those provinces. 

    Drivers should beware, as that system will be accompanied by strong, gusty winds, making for local blowing snow conditions.

    Back in Alberta meanwhile, a separate system is developing that will again bring snow to the province on Monday.

    The snow will fall heaviest once again along the mountains and foothills, but a rain-snow mix is likely prior to a switchover to just snow.

    Temperatures across much of the Prairies won't be as warm on Monday, with the exception of Manitoba, which is expected to see a warm-up.

    Even in areas experiencing a cooldown, however, positive single digit temperatures are likely Monday, actually warmer than parts of eastern Canada. 

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