Friday, October 25th 2019, 3:55 pm - Plummeting temperatures and piercing winds -- the Prairie forecast is going from mild to wild, and quick.
After one more day of pleasant fall conditions for most of the Prairies, a swath of snow and plummeting temperatures will send the region right back into early winter for this weekend. We take a look at where the heaviest snow will fall, and who's in line for a nearly 20-degree temperature drop in a matter of just 24 hours, below.
- System tracks east across the Prairies Friday, bringing rain to start and switching over to light snow
- Strong winds develop for southwest Alberta Friday, gusts 100+ km/h expected through late afternoon
- Low brings snow to northern Manitoba by Saturday, widespread cooldown with reinforcing cold shot early next week
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
Ongoing grassfire south of Calgary. Major wind shift is imminent that will likely have major implications for suppression operations if unable to bring under control by then! #abstorm #abfire https://t.co/EdBnUAdelJKyle Brittain on Twitter
WICKED WINDS LASH WESTERN ALBERTA
Wind warnings are in effect along the foothills and through much of central Alberta on Friday, as wind gusts 100 km/h and higher whip down from the Rockies. Numerous power outages were reported by Fortis Alberta on Friday afternoon as winds in the Pincher Creek area gusted up to 113 km/h. Earlier in the day, some alpine wind gusts reportedly exceeded 150 km/h.
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Nanton RCMP are advising of an “extreme driving hazard” in and around the community, according to Lethbridge News Now, stating the RCMP attachment advised travellers to "proceed with caution" amid slow-moving traffic in these areas.
Vicious winds are also spurring multiple grass fires in the High River area, north of Highway 540.
Just as things were looking up with pleasant and above seasonal temperatures, quickly tumbling daytime highs will turn things from mild to wild across much of the Prairies through this weekend.
Powerful winds and a swath of snow could also impact Friday's commute times for some, although the heaviest accumulations are expected to stay restricted well to the north and into the mountains.