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Commuting could be tricky in the Prairies Friday and Saturday. Motorists are being warned to leave extra time.

Blowing snow, flash freeze potential in the Prairies

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Friday, December 27, 2013, 2:39 PM -

STORM WATCH: Tune into The Weather Network on TV for continued updates on this storm.

Blowing snow, cold air and flash freezing could make for tricky road conditions in parts of the Prairies this weekend.

"Record breaking warm temperatures in southern Alberta, courtesy of Chinook winds, will plunge Friday night as a cold front passes," explains Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

"Flash freeze warnings are in effect in Alberta as melting snow freezes up."

All three Prairies provinces will see a dramatic temperature drop as night falls, but Calgary is at the biggest risk of seeing a flash freeze as temperatures plunge from a daytime high of 8C to -10C by the late evening.

Up 10 to cm of snow is expected in Saskatchewan and Alberta and up to 15 cm will accumulate in parts of Manitoba between Friday and Saturday.

This system will be associated with sustained winds between 50 and 70 km/h with gusts up to 90 km/h, creating the potential for blizzard-like conditions and reduced visibility.

"The story here won't be the snowfall, but rather, the blowing snow," Vettese says.

Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

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