Risk of whiteout conditions as whipping winds blow over Alberta

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Risk of whiteout conditions as whipping winds blow over Alberta
Risk of whiteout conditions as whipping winds blow over Alberta

Mild Pacific air spilling over the Rockies has created strong downsloping winds which could lead to dangerous travel conditions and potential whiteouts in parts of southern Alberta. A clipper system could bring a touch of snow early next week before the next round of frigid air descends upon the Prairies. More on what to expect through early next week, below.

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WEEKEND: SNOW, BLUSTERY WINDS BRING DANGEROUS TRAVEL IN ALBERTA

A system moving across Alberta will push snow and strong winds into areas along the foothills and southwestern sections of the province.

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ABWind

Strong westerly winds will gust to 80-100+ km/h at times in the southern part of the province, leading to winter storm warnings and wind warnings for some areas along the southern foothills. Snow that’s already on the ground will add to the blowing snow.

Low-visibility to near-whiteout conditions are forecast to subside early Sunday morning as the temperature rises to near zero. Strong westerly winds with gusts near 100 km/h will continue through the day Sunday before subsiding in the overnight hours. Motorists are urged to avoid travel in these regions during the blizzard-like conditions.

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ABHighways

"Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone," Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says in the winter storm warning.

THROUGH EARLY WEEK: A CLIPPER HERALDS MORE FRIGID AIR

A clipper system will slide through northern Alberta on Sunday and Monday, bringing the potential for 5-10 cm of snow for areas including Edmonton.

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ABSnow

Another blast of Siberian air will plunge south into the Prairies behind the clipper, spreading east across Canada late next week into the weekend.

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ABTue

Daytime high temperatures will be in the -20s and even -30s, with overnight lows dipping to -40°C for a few places. Wind chill values will make things feel even colder for the duration.

Thumbnail courtesy of Kyle Brittain in Morley Flats, Alberta.

Check back for the latest forecast for Alberta.

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