Saturday, May 8th 2021, 9:05 pm - A wide range in rainfall totals as a system brings desperately needed rain for a part of Mother's Day weekend, as well as a threat for some wet snow as temperatures tumble.
Mother's Day weekend will offer some sorely needed precipitation across parts of the drought-plagued Prairies. While this is good news for the worsening dry conditions, it may not be welcomed news for anyone with outdoor plans. Cooling temperatures means that some places may even see some wet snow, with the accumulating snow remaining confined to higher elevations along the foothills. More on the timing and impacts, below.
SUNDAY: WET SNOW, SCATTERED RAINFALL
The rainfall has ended for most of the Prairies, but some regions could see scattered showers and roughly 5 mm of rain on Sunday.
Temperatures will take a dive throughout Sunday, which means that areas west of Calgary could see some wet snow that could accumulate up to a few centimetres. The most significant accumulations will be limited to higher elevations of the foothills.
Another region that will see considerable snowfall snowfall totals is southwestern Saskatcheawn, where 10 cm of snowfall is possible by Sunday morning.
BEYOND: BELOW-SEASONAL, BUT REBOUNDING TEMPERATURES NEXT WEEK
Below seasonal temperatures will persist through the weekend and into early next week, with near seasonal temperatures bouncing back for the mid-to-late week mark. It'll be a gorgeous stretch of weather for the eastern Prairies next week, as abundant sunshine and an impressive warming trend sees temperatures climbing into the low- to mid-20s.
Drier weather early and middle of next week, but closely watching the potential for another significant system late next week and weekend. Much too early to have confidence in the details, but there is the possibility of snow, so it is something we will be watching closely next week.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the drought conditions across the Prairies.