Thursday, November 19th 2020, 12:30 pm - A Wednesday night storm brought a quick blast of snow to central Alberta, but was enough to grease up the roads in some spots.
A hefty dose of moisture from across the Rockies translated into a snowy Wednesday night for much of central Alberta, with some areas still under a snowfall warning early Thursday morning. Deteriorating conditions and slick roads were reported amid the 10+ cm of snow that's expected to taper completely later on Thursday. More on what's left of this system and how the weekend is shaping up, below.
- Heavy snow tapers through central Alberta, Saskatchewan through Thursday
- Fair and around seasonal through the weekend into early next week
- Eyes on the potential for another midweek system
THURSDAY: SOME LINGERING WARNINGS BEFORE HEAVY SNOW TAPERS
A pulse of Pacific moisture is what fueled this Alberta clipper -- what meteorologists call a fast-moving low-pressure system known to move relatively quickly across the Prairies.
The heavy snow picked up through the evening hours on Wednesday, with 10 + cm already reported by the early morning hours on Thursday.
That was enough to compromise road conditions south of Edmonton, with 511 Alberta reporting "drifting snow, icy sections and reduced visibility."
The snowfall warning dropped for Edmonton on Thursday morning, with some lingering snow keeping warnings in place through some central sections, including Leduc and Red Deer. By the late morning hours, all warnings had dropped, but with drivers being warned to adjust to the changing road conditions.
BEYOND: EYES ON NEXT SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM
Heading into the weekend, the Prairie region is looking at mostly fair and near-seasonal conditions this weekend and into early next week.
Beyond that time frame, forecasters say there's a potential for a signifcant system to track across the central Prairies midweek, though it's too early to have confidence in the exact storm track and amounts.
"Briefly cooler behind the system, but overall it looks like a milder pattern will dominate the final week of November and into early December with no severe cold expected," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham says.