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Snow and ice target parts of the Prairies as Pacific low marches east

Monday, October 26th 2020, 10:20 am - Finally, a chance to thaw out on the Prairies, but with another messy wintry mix to get through first.

Ready for a late October thaw? After an early and potent start to the winter-like weather on the Prairies, conditions are finally returning to "normal" as warmer air allows for the unusually cold temperatures to ease. There will be another blast of snow and freezing rain to get through first, which could jeopardize commute times for some areas through Tuesday. More on the wintry mix moving in and a look at the warming temperatures, below.


  • Snow begins tracking through central Alberta, spreads east through Monday
  • Snow pushes into Saskatchewan on Tuesday as the warm front progresses eastward
  • Below-seasonal temperatures continue, but recover to close out the month


Temperatures will gradually begin to recover across the Prairies this week, but it won't be an easy transition as the next dose of messy, wintry weather leaves a mark on much of Monday.

As milder air arrives aloft, colder sub-freezing temperatures will initially hold tough near the surface. This will bring snow, rain, and possible freezing rain and ice pellets to Alberta and Saskatchewan.


By the evening hours, snow will transition to rain for much of central Alberta, with gusty winds persisting for areas to the north. There will be a slight ice pellet risk in the overnight hours across parts of province, extending from Lloydminster to Rainbow Lake.

"As the warm front advances into Saskatchewan, there will also be the risk for freezing rain and ice pellets from Saskatoon to Regina by early Tuesday morning," says Weather Network meteorologist Nadine Hinds-Powell.

The heavy lake-effect snow that impacted parts of Manitoba over the weekend will begin to ease as the winds shift on Monday. Some lingering light snow will fall through Tuesday as the warm front continues spreading into the province.


Temperatures will warm up Monday in Alberta and parts of central Saskatchewan, with daytime highs reaching above the freezing mark in some areas, though will still be below seasonal region-wide for the early part of the week.

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The wintry pattern will finally break down for the end of the week and into the first week of November, with above seasonal temperatures spreading across southern areas at times. In fact, daytime highs across parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan will reach the low to mid-teens by Friday.

Quite the contrast, and relief, from the record-breaking cold that saw temperatures plummet to near -30°C this past weekend in northern Alberta.

Be sure to check back as we provide updates on this extended period of winter-like weather.

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