Alberta's capital may see a month's worth of snow as spring takes break

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Alberta's capital may see a month's worth of snow as spring takes break
Alberta's capital may see a month's worth of snow as spring takes break

After the eastern Prairies were hit with the epic snowstorm last week, it will be Alberta's turn for some snowy action Tuesday. While the totals will be far less than what its neighbours saw, some decent accumulations for this time of the year are expected from Edmonton to the southern areas of the foothills, mostly avoiding Calgary, however. Blustery wind gusts and snow will make for some difficult travel in the regions. More on the timing and impacts expected Tuesday, and an early look at another high-impact spring snowstorm for later this week, below.

TUESDAY: SIGNIFICANT SNOW TOTALS THREATEN CENTRAL ALBERTA

Pacific moisture crossing the Rockies early this week will encounter cold continental air, spinning up a clipper system that could bring disruptive spring snowfall to parts of the Prairies, including Alberta's QE2 corridor.

In southern Alberta along the foothills, snow began in the Alberta Peace Country Monday evening and will spread toward Nordegg by Tuesday morning, also reaching central areas including Edmonton during this time.

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APRSNOW

Through Tuesday, areas along the northern and central foothills will be hit hardest -- with 10-20 cm of snow possible. Edmonton to Red Deer may see anywhere from 5-15 cm, with 10+ cm in localized spots spilling east of theses cities. On average, Edmonton typically sees about 14 cm of snow throughout the entire month of April. Edmonton could potentially break a daily record on Tuesday, with its current April 19 tally at 12 cm that was set back in 1996.

The system wil also bring gusty winds with it, which, coupled with snow, will lead to periods of low visibility and difficult travel.

"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow," Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says in a snowfall warning.

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PRWIND

While southern parts of Alberta will avoid the snow, gusty westerly winds up to 80 km/h will mean you'll still need to keep both hands on the wheel for extreme southern sections of the province.

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LOOK AHEAD: ANOTHER SPRING SNOWSTORM LOOMS

Beyond Tuesday's disruptive snow, forecasters are closely watching another Colorado low, which threatens to bring a high impact spring snowstorm and the risk for blizzard conditions across parts of the southern Prairies.

The exact track and impacts are still uncertain at this time, but it looks like a messy mix is expected across southeastern Manitoba, including the city of Winnipeg, once again late Friday night and lasting through Sunday. Latest guidance also suggests it'll be a littler further west than the last Prairie blizzard.

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PRTEMPFRI

The heavy precipitation also heightens flooding concerns, and puts a delay on spring-time planting as well.

Milder conditions are expected for western parts of the Prairies late week, but the eastern half of the region will remain cooler than seasonal with a reinforcing shot of very cold air arriving during the weekend and into early next week.

Be sure to check back for the latest weather updates across the Prairies.

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