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Prairies: Strong winds, blowing snow will linger before brief surge of warmth

Tuesday, April 7th 2020, 10:30 pm - Lingering strong winds Wednesday afternoon could create some blowing snow for parts of central, eastern Prairies, ahead of a brief temperature surge Thursday

Mild Pacific air will continue to bump up temperatures on the Prairies this week, peaking with double digit daytime highs in southern regions by Thursday. However, the shot of warmth will be quite brief, as temperatures will drop by 10 degrees on Friday, remaining chilly with Arctic air in place through Easter weekend. Before then, light flurries and gusty winds are expected Wednesday for parts of the region. Forecasters are also keeping an eye on some possible upslope snow for the weekend, too. Details and timing, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Winds remain strong in southern Saskatchewan, Manitoba Wednesday, blowing snow in afternoon
  • Temperatures will reach mid- to upper-teens Thursday
  • Shot of Arctic air for Easter weekend
  • Keep ahead of active weather ALERTS in your area

WEDNESDAY: LIGHT FLURRIES, WINDS WILL CREATE BLOWING SNOW

Flurries will start Wednesday morning and taper off in the evening for Saskatchewan, but southern Manitoba could still see some light flurries into Thursday morning.

Wind gusts could reach 70 km/h in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the afternoon, creating some blowing snow.

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Conditions will be more pleasant in Alberta, with temperatures slightly warmer than Tuesday but still remaining just below seasonal. Daytime highs in the southern Prairies will be in the low-to-mid single digits.

THURSDAY: A SHOT OF WARMTH, BUT WILL BE BRIEF

With the Pacific air in place, a very mild day is expected for Alberta on Thursday, with daytime hights reaching the mid or upper teens for southern areas including Calgary. Temperatures will rise by 10 degrees from Wednesday to Thursday, but then drop by the same amount on Friday.

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The warmth will elude Saskatchewan and Manitoba, however, as they will be considerably cooler and will have to wait a little longer for the milder air.

LOOKING AHEAD: MORE SNOW ON THE WAY, VERY CHILLY EASTER WEEKEND

Another blast of Arctic air will plung into Alberta Friday and then spread south and east during the weekend. A very chilly Easter weekend is expected across the region.

As well, an upslope flow will bring some snow to parts of southern and western Alberta including Calgary Friday night and into early Saturday with 5 cm possible for Calgary and higher totals to the west in the foothills.

Colder than seasonal temperatures will dominate next week, but the focus of the coldest weather will shift to the eastern Prairies.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.

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