Summer on hiatus in Alberta; August snow a real possibility with temperatures hovering around zero
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 2:42 PM -
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Thermometers have been plummeting all week in Alberta, with below-seasonal temperatures making it feel more like fall than summer across the province.
"On Wednesday, Calgary got up to 14.5 °C. -- that's nearly half of Winnipeg's high which was 29.3," said Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.
Sonnenburg says cold air aloft and an upper level trough are to blame for the fall-like temperatures.
But it's not all bad news.
Winter sport enthusiasts were delighted to see snow -- yes SNOW -- in Lake Louise's forecast Wednesday night.
"Temperatures hovering around the freezing mark means there is a chance for a rain/snow mix during the overnight," adds Soddenburg.
The province can expect temperatures to remain below-seasonal for the remainder of the week, although slightly increasing on the weekend.
In addition to the cool temperatures, showers are also possible through the Prairies -- with the heaviest expected along the Foothills, southern Saskatchewan and throughout Manitoba.
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