Sharp return to winter in Manitoba, 20+ cm of snow falls
Friday, May 13, 2016, 4:02 PM - After soaking southern Saskatchewan with 60+ mm of rain, a slow moving low pressure system has brought Manitoba back to the winter days.
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Between 10-15 cm of snow was reported in some northern regions on Thursday.
A snowfall warning has been dropped for the area, however, temperatures are still expected to remain below seasonal this weekend.
A shot of decent accumulating snow also hit western Alberta and into the Rockies on Thursday with upwards of 20 cm of snow was reported in some places. Even Calgary picked up an hour or so of snowfall on Thursday leaving some residents trading the flip flops for parkas.
"Seasonal air builds back into the western Prairies this weekend, while the east remains below seasonal," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.
Fort McMurray still desperate for rain
The fire ravaged Fort McMurray area continues to miss out on any critical precipitation.
There's little to no rain for most of central and northern Alberta, including Fort McMurray, over the next several days. The good news is cooler temperatures and lighter winds this week have helped crews get a better handle on the massive blaze.
After a first hand ground tour of the fire devastation Monday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says 2,400 structures have been lost in the blaze with 25,000 miraculously saved.