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After basking in record warmth and wondering if there was any hope for winter, a snowless December has ended across parts of the Prairies.

Like it or not: Signs of winter creep back into the Prairies


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 3:55 PM - After basking in record warmth and wondering if there was any hope for winter, a snowless December has ended across parts of the Prairies.

"A weak trough will bring light snow accumulations across the Prairie provinces Friday," says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. "Generally less than 5 cm is expected."

Thursday marked the end of the "snow drought" for the region after about 10 cm of snow was reported.

"The extended spell of warm December weather will come to an end today as a low pressure system tracks across southern Manitoba bringing with it a swath of fresh snow," said Environment Canada early Thursday.

The Parklands region of western Manitoba picked up heavy snow through the early morning hours and about 10 cm was reported in Neepawa and McCreary.

A crash forced the closure of Highway 355, west of Minnedosa near Highway 10 Thursday afternoon.

Widespread fog advisories were also issued across much of central and southern Alberta early Thursday, with near zero visibility reported.

This change in the weather pattern comes after several places have been basking in record warm December temperatures.

On Wednesday for example, eleven communities in Manitoba alone wrote a new page in the record books as daytime highs soared above 10C in some areas.

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