Snowy Sunday to be followed by frigid week in the Prairies
Monday, December 2, 2013, 8:53 AM -
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Another weekend, another snowy Sunday in much of Alberta, along with parts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
And behind that storm, the three Prairie provinces are facing a dangerous cooldown Monday - with windchill values making it feel like -30 or lower in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for the week.
The winter storm began moving into Alberta late Saturday night, and will intensify in many areas through Sunday into early Monday.
Much of the province was under winter storm watches and warnings by early Sunday, bringing 15 to 20 cm of snow in the storm's path, up to 30 cm in some areas.
As the winds picked up, Environment Canada added a raft of blizzard warnings for much of southern Alberta in the late morning, upgrading winter storm watches that had been up since Saturday. That was thanks to strong winds with gusts of more than 60 km/h expected in areas east of the foothills.
The city of Edmonton was under a winter storm warning, while Calgary was under a blizzard warning.
In Saskatchewan, winter storm watches were issued mid-Sunday morning for much of the south of the province, including the city of Regina.
Environment Canada warned the milder air to the east of the system striking Alberta could bring freezing rain to much of Saskatchewan, and south of, the Trans-Canada Highway, before cooler air changes it all to snow by Monday morning.
The agency issued a special weather statement for freezing rain Sunday night, but the roads were dicey even
Even on Saturday, the roads were dicey - The Canadian Press reported foggy conditions contributed to a 30-car pile-up on Highway 16 northwest of Saskatoon.
No life-threatening injuries were reported, but poor road conditions were reported across Saskatchewan again on Sunday.
In Alberta, meanwhile, freezing rain and other bad weather conditions forced the cancellation of a planned fighter jet flyby of Edmonton's City Centre Airport.
Two CF-18 Hornets were supposed to buzz the airport Saturday as part of its official closing ceremonies, while much of the region was under a freezing rain warning.
Behind the storm, an arctic front will drive temperatures down across the region Sunday evening.
This system began in British Columbia, where snowfall warnings were in place in the mountainous northeast of the province.
It combined with a moist Pacific system to bring at-times blowing snow beginning on Saturday.
By Sunday morning, the storm was going strong, with up to 23 cm expected in the high mountain passes by Monday morning.
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