10-20+ cm snow, strong winds expected on the Prairies with intense system

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10-20+ cm snow, strong winds expected on the Prairies with intense system
10-20+ cm snow, strong winds expected on the Prairies with intense system

A potent low-pressure system will move onto the Prairies to kick off the work week, bringing several days of snowy and windy conditions. In fact, this will be the season's first significant snowfall for portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan. While the exact track is still not locked in and any change in trajectory could alter snowfall accumulations, but a large portion of central Alberta and Saskatchewan, and parts of western Manitoba, could see 10-20+ cm through Wednesday. For more on the incoming wintry conditions, read below.

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THIS WEEK: FIRST SNOWFALL FOR SOME, BLUSTERY WINDS BRUSHES ACROSS THE PRAIRIES

While Sunday will see off and on periods of snow, rain and freezing rain, eyes are on the next system that will have the bigger impact. A secondary low-pressure system will track into the western Prairies on Monday and snowfall warnings and special weather statements are in effect for Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Snow will begin in earnest Monday morning in Alberta for areas along the foothills and by the afternoon for central areas, including Edmonton, making it the city's first snowfall of the season. Snowfall will then push into Saskatchewan late Tuesday afternoon before reaching Manitoba in the evening.

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The exact track of the low is not certain at this time and it may change and result in a shift in the heaviest snow accumulations. As of now, there is a swath of 10-20+ cm of snowfall forecast across central Alberta and Saskatchewan, and it may include Edmonton and Prince Albert, as well as western Manitoba. Saskatoon remains on the outside edge of the heaviest amounts, so it may escape the worst of it.

What could compound the situation will be the winds, which will increase on Tuesday from the northwest, leading to blowing or drifting snow in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The snow will begin to push into northwestern Ontario on Tuesday morning.

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Gusts of 60-80 km/h are expected as the centre of the low moves east. This will lead to difficult travel, so travellers will need to plan ahead during this time. Wind warnings are in place in Alberta.

Conditions will begin to improve in Alberta by Wednesday morning, and in Saskatchewan and Manitoba by Thursday morning, then Thursday night in northwestern Ontario.

Beyond the systems, colder than seasonal temperatures will dominate mid- and late this week.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on this snowy system for the Prairies.

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