Return to winter follows Prairies' record-breaking warmth
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 7:06 AM - It's a return to late-winter on the Prairies -- perhaps an unwelcome pattern change -- just days after Alberta and Saskatchewan saw record-breaking temperatures.
Maple Creek, Sask., was Canada's hot spot on Feb. 15, at 18.9 C. Mild conditions across the southern Prairies continue to give way to colder temperatures, ahead of another round of Arctic air.
But first, a low-pressure system pushing up from the northwestern United States will bring wintry precipitation to parts of the Prairies through the weekend.
- Mild across southern Prairies, although temperatures are slowly dropping.
- Low to bring 10-15 cm of snow to central Alberta and Saskatchewan through Sunday.
- Next system tracks into eastern Prairies for Monday.
- Rain and snow in the forecast for parts of Manitoba, more of a snow event for parts of Saskatchewan.
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"[The Prairies are] stepping down from record-breaking warmth, back into late winter," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham confirms.
Temperatures will be cooler across the region on Sunday, but still above-seasonal. The warmest temperatures are expected in southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan.
Forecasters are watching two "bundles of energy" looking to impact the Prairies -- the first began to bring wet snow to Alberta Saturday, the second will run east of the Rockies, bringing a Colorado low to the eastern Prairies.
Central Alberta and Saskatchewan will see snow continue Sunday, with a general 10 to 15 cm expected. Major cities in Alberta will only see trace amounts of snow, picking up at most a few centimetres. Fort McMurray can expect roughly 5 to 10 cm through Monday.
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The eastern Prairies will see a system move in beginning Monday, bringing rain to southern Manitoba, snow on the western side of the system.
"The region starts the week above seasonal, but near to below seasonal for mid-to-late week and back to winter for the following week with some true Arctic air expected for the first week of March," Gillham adds.
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Check back for updates as we continue to monitor these systems.