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Arctic front to send temperatures plunging on the Prairies, with a dash of snow

Friday, February 26th 2021, 8:00 pm - Extreme cold weather alerts return to parts of the Prairies as a huge temperature drop marks the start of the weekend.

Temperatures are on the downswing across the Prairies, with Saturday featuring daytime highs definitely more like winter than the springlike warmth of earlier in the week – along with a dash of overnight snow that will linger into the morning. People in the region should endure, however, as the deep chill won't be as long-lived as past bouts of extreme cold. More details below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Snow threat continues into Saturday morning
  • Major, but brief, temperature plunge for the weekend, particularly Saturday
  • Milder temperatures return next week with Pacific air

INTO SATURDAY: SNOW CONTINUES INTO THE MORNING, TEMPERATURES TUMBLE

An Arctic front spans much of the Prairie region, bringing a very stark reminder that, the spring-like warmth from earlier this week notwithstanding, we are still very much in winter.

First off, that front will bring a chance of widespread snow across the region, already beginning Friday night and lasting into Saturday morning.

The snow looks to be heaviest in the mountains and foothills of southwestern Alberta, with shovellable (though not excessive) amounts elsewhere, though dropping off the further east one goes.

AB snow

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That arctic front will temporarily, though very thoroughly, displace the mild Pacific air in favour of more frigid temperatures for the day.

Daytime highs above zero will be nowhere to be seen, with windchill values largely in the negative single-digits – feeling like -20 and colder for eastern areas.

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BEYOND: TEMPERATURES RECOVER

The good news is, this will be a short-lived Arctic outbreak, with temperatures already milder for Alberta Sunday, though with a chance of snow for northern parts. Some flakes may drift as far south as Edmonton.

Another low-pressure system may deliver a more widespread shot of snow as it develops over Alberta Monday and tracks eastward across the Prairie region Tuesday.

For the most part, however, mild Pacific air looks to be dominant next week, and very warm weather is looking to make a return late in the week and into next weekend.

Be sure to check back for the latest weather conditions across the Prairies.

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