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PRAIRIES | Battle of the seasons

Multiple rounds of SNOW close out summer in Alberta, records


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 4:34 PM - We're inching closer to the official start of fall, which then brings the inevitable arrival of winter, but it IS still summer after all, although you wouldn't know it with September snow records already being broken in Alberta. Temperatures will remain well below seasonal this week and there's more signs of summertime snow by week's end. More on the timing and chilling details, below.

(Visit our Complete Guide to Fall 2018 for an in depth look at the Fall Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at winter)


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Chilly pattern persists across Alberta through the weekend and into next week
  • More snow west of Calgary on Thursday with heavy snow in the Rockies and into the Foothills Friday night and Saturday
  • Potential for more wet snow along the northern edge of a weekend system

Cold September air and rounds of snow gave parts of Alberta the "first widespread measured snowfall event" last week. The Grande Prairie region picked up close to 15 cm through Thursday with the city of Edmonton picking up several centimetres between last week's system and more weekend snow. 

In fact, Edmonton has actually now recorded its snowiest September already with six consecutive days of snowfall and 22 cm reported in total so far this month. That beat the previous record of 12.9 cm back in 1965.

Now, we are watching for more snow later this week as a couple of waves of moisture move in and the province remains locked into a chilly pattern.

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"We'll start to see a system move through on Thursday bringing the threat for snowfall mainly west of Calgary and up into the Rockies and the Foothills," says Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern.

Then as temperatures cool further Thursday night and into Friday morning, there's the chance for more snow along the QEII between Edmonton and down towards the Calgary region.

"Another wave of moisture comes in again on Friday evening with even more snow potentially falling in Edmonton through Saturday," says Wenckstern.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall in the Rockies and into the Foothills throughout the duration of these snowy days, although a few centimetres of accumulation isn't out of the question for Edmonton either.

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