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Arctic air over Prairies, risk of 20+ cm of snow for Alberta

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Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:01 PM - Another cold snap and heavy snow mark this weekend weekend for parts of Alberta, kicking off an extended period of winter weather for the Prairies, with Arctic air dominating the remainder of February. 

This weekend's heaviest snowfall will likely fall over the extreme southwest of the province, where 20-40 cm could accumulate before easing on Sunday. Moving north, Calgary could see around 5 cm of snow, with totals increasing rapidly south and west of the city.

Weather Highlights

  • Heavy snow over western and southern Alberta on Saturday, but will not spread across the southern Prairies. 
  • Frigid conditions kick off next week with widespread dangerous wind chill values possible Family Day Monday. 
  • High pressure to dominate, leading to clear conditions, yet 10-15oC below seasonal at times.

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Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings on Saturday for the extreme southwest of Alberta, warning of 15-25 cm, tapering Sunday morning.

The snow will not spread across the southern Prairies as initially expected either, instead, the storm will take a more southerly track and keep most of the snow south of the border.

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The snow will make for difficult and dangerous travel, but good news for beneficial moisture for dry region. 

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