Alberta welcomes first snowfall of the season
Monday, October 28, 2013, 3:10 PM -
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Well, it had to happen eventually, Alberta.
Temperatures are dropping and the snow is well underway for a big chunk of the province, with up to 20 cm forecast in some areas.
Areas spanning Grande Prairie to Lethbridge will continue to see the white-stuff fall throughout the evening, with snowfall warnings still in place for some places.
"The snow is diminishing in Calgary and over areas to the north of Calgary, though an additional 1 to 3 cm are expected this evening, said Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "Over southern Alberta, the snow will continue well into the evening."
As of 7 pm local time, snow totals ranged from 5-10 cm across Calgary, with 10-20 cm in the foothills.
Temperatures are falling in the province, low enough for wind chill to eventually become a factor.
"As the temperatures continue to fall overnight, untreated roads will be icy," warned Gillham, as people prepare for their morning commute.
Even after the system moves out on Monday, it will leave clear skies behind it, but daytime highs in the sub-zero range.
"Overnight, the big story will shift from the snow to the cold as the temperature will drop to near -10 C, which will feel closer to -15 to -20 due to the gusty northeast wind," added Gillham. "High temperatures will remain well below freezing on Monday with Calgary only expected to reach -7C."
All this after a period of temperatures that topped 20C or more.
The good news is, a milder air mass will move across western Canada by mid-week, just in time for Halloween.