Heavy snow for central Alberta, snowfall warnings in effect

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A hefty dose of moisture from across the Rockies translated into a snowy Wednesday night for much of central Alberta, with Edmonton in a snowfall warning. The snow will be winding down for Alberta by the morning, though ramping up with lesser amounts in Saskatchewan. A look at this system, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heavy snow for central Alberta into Thursday morning, moves to Saskatchewan Thursday morning
  • Fair and around seasonal through the weekend into early next week
  • Eyes on the potential for another midweek system

WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY: HEAVY SNOW FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA, MOVES INTO SASKATCHEWAN THURSDAY

A pulse of Pacific moisture is fuelling this Alberta clipper, what meteorologists call a fast-moving low-pressure system known to move relatively quickly across the Prairies.

In practical terms, this will mean a fair bit of snow for central Alberta, expected to continue through the overnight and into the morning hours.

“The northern extent of the heavy snow is expected to be along Highway 16, this includes the city of Edmonton. Total snowfall amounts are expected to vary across the city with the heaviest amounts falling in the south,” Environment Canada said in a Wednesday evening snowfall warning.

The snow will gradually taper off through the early morning hours in Alberta, moving into Saskatchewan, with lighter amounts, by the afternoon.

BEYOND: EYES ON NEXT SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM

Heading into the weekend, the Prairie region is looking at mostly fair and near-seasonal conditions this weekend and into early next week.

Beyond that time frame, forecasters say there’s a potential for a signifcant system to track across the central Prairies midweek, though it’s too early to have confidence in the exact storm track and amounts.

“Briefly cooler behind the system, but overall it looks like a milder pattern will dominate the final week of November and into early December with no severe cold expected,” Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham says.

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