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Exercise road caution on the Prairies as blowing snow whips through

Tuesday, February 15th 2022, 9:20 am - While not overly excessive, the combination of snow and gusty winds will continue to make for some tricky and dangerous travel across the Prairies this week.

Another week, another difficult travel situation unfolding across the Prairies with quick-moving clipper systems dropping relatively moderate amounts of snow but some fairly gusty winds. The result will be difficult, potentially hazardous, commuting across parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The winds will whip up snow, leading to poor visibilty and potential whiteout conditions into mid-week. Motorists are advised to be mindful before heading out on the roads Tuesday and Wednesday. More on the fast-moving clipper systems and the impacts, below.

THIS WEEK: POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONTINUES WITH BLOWING SNOW, WHITEOUT CONDITIONS

Blowing snow, whiteout conditions and difficult travel have been a common occurrence across the Prairies these last few weeks, and similar tricky travel will continue for the region to start this new week, as well.

"While snowfall totals won't be overly impressive and the wind gusts blustery, not severely strong, the combination of the two are what will cause complications over the next couple of days leading to dangerous driving with reduced visibility and the risk for road closures, as well," warns Kelly Sonnenburg, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

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A fast-moving clipper system will spread snow into Saskatchewan and Manitoba through Tuesday morning. Snow will continue across Manitoba throughout the day.

A general 5-10 cm is forecast for southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with less than 5 cm forecast for areas across the northern areas. Much of Alberta can expect about 5 cm, with areas closer to the foothills possibly seeing 10 cm.

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In behind the clipper in Alberta, a new weak low will bring more light snow Tuesday afternoon and a change in the wind direction, getting upsloping snow along the foothills.

Winds will remain gusty overnight Monday. There will be a strong northwesterly wind Tuesday morning and early afternoon for much of Alberta including Edmonton and Calgary. Winds will then pick up in southern Saskatchewan into the afternoon. Gusts will hit the 50-70 km/h range along the Alberta and Saskatchewan border.

As the winds die down in the evening in the provinces, they will pick up in the overnight in Manitoba, with gusts in the 40-50 km/h range.

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As a result, travellers across Alberta and Saskatchewan can expect difficult travel Tuesday, and in Manitoba Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

EXTREME TEMPERATURE DIVIDE CONTINUES

A wavy upper-level pattern over the centre of the country has allowed a sharp temperature divide to set up across the Prairies in recent days.

Pleasant temperatures in the west stand in stark contrast to the brutal winter chill lodged over the eastern half of the region.

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High temperatures in Calgary and Lethbridge will remain at or above freezing for the majority of the week. Over the same period, Regina and Winnipeg will have to deal with well below-seasonal temperatures. Regina’s forecast high of -17°C on Wednesday is one degree lower than the city’s seasonal low for the date.

The boundary that sets up between these two air masses will serve as an active storm track across the region. We could see several more weak clippers move along this boundary through the week ahead.

Thumbnail courtesy of Devyn Gregoire/Twitter.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest conditions across the Prairies.

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