Early winter-like storms are just a taste of what's to come, Alberta

Early winter-like storms are just a taste of what's to come, Alberta
Early winter-like storms are just a taste of what's to come, Alberta

November has only just begun, but by looking at Alberta, you'd think we're already firmly locked into the heart of the winter season. Widespread snowfall warnings covered the region on Wednesday, with as much as 20 cm reported in major cities like Calgary. Though this system will make its way out of the region through Thursday, eyes are already shifting to the back-to-back storm systems ahead. A plunge into frigid cold as well as more snow will continue to keep things rather wintry as we make our way into the first weekend of November. See the timing and impacts, below.

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Heavy snow blanketed southern Alberta through Wednesday, prompting widespread warnings as conditions quickly deteriorated. While no official totals have been confirmed, between 10-17 cm of snow was recorded in Calgary and surrounding areas, with over 20 cm for the foothill regions.

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Calgary police were called to nearly 150 crashes throughout the storm, as drivers navigated one of the first major snowfalls of the season.

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Unfortunately, for those not quite ready to dive into a full blown winter just yet, the snow and cold felt across Alberta this week is only a taste of what's to come.

Arctic air will plunge south into the region this weekend and continue for most of next week as well. Temperatures will drop into the minus teens, with wind chills making it feel closer to the -20s across parts of Alberta.

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"After extended summer-like temperatures started the fall season in Alberta, a flip of the switch has put the province into a free fall into deep winter-like weather," says Kelly Sonnenburg, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The daytime highs for next week will be 10 to 15°C below seasonal for this time of year, even cold by January and February standards!

Along with the frigid cold, there will be no shortage of snowfall either.

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Several systems, beginning as early as this weekend, will spread widespread swaths of accumulating snow southern and central Alberta next week. Forecasters are keeping a close eye on a more significant storm system for early and mid next week, one that could bring some heavy snow to the southern Prairies.

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Be sure to check back for the latest on conditions across the Prairies

Thumbnail image courtesy: Marco - Benalto, Alberta