Cold front zaps warmth from the Prairies, burst of snow on doorstep

Digital Writers
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Cold front zaps warmth from the Prairies, burst of snow on doorstep
Cold front zaps warmth from the Prairies, burst of snow on doorstep

The weekend will have a gorgeous spring start to the weekend, filled with abundant sunshine and late-season warmth, but that will all disappear by Sunday. A potent cold front will wipe out mild temperatures that much of the Prairies have been holding onto. While most of the region that is seeing snow will see just a few cm of accumulations, the Rockies and southern foothills could see up to 20 cm through Sunday. In addition to the snow and dropping temperatures, winds will also be blustery as they switch to a northerly direction in behind the front. A chilly start to next week is expected, as well. More on the timing and impact, below.

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The powerful ridge anchored over the Pacific coast will bring clear skies and warm spring temperatures to the western Prairies through most of Saturday, with daytime highs reaching the mid-to-upper teens. A few locales may come close to hitting or actually hitting the 20°C-mark across southern Alberta.

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However, the cold front will begin to slump south across the region late in the evening and through the overnight period, not only dropping temperatures but also bringing a burst of snow.

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Accumulating snow is expected for areas west of Highway 2 in Alberta, with the highest amounts focused along the higher terrain, including the Rockies and southern foothills, where up to 20 cm is possible with the help of upslope flow.

Minor accumulations also stretch into portions of southern Manitoba, as this cold front moves across the area Saturday overnight into early Sunday morning.

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Once the front passes, winds will ramp up. The Prairies can expect northerly gusts of 50-60 km/h, which will continue through Sunday, delivering a chilly air mass to the region.

"Temperatures on Sunday will be a sharp contrast compared to Saturday, with most locations stuck in the low single digits, with lingering showers and snow flurries," Carter adds.

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The chilly weather will persist into early next week, as well, before slowly giving way to milder conditions by the end of next week.

Although no major storms are in sight, some additional shots of cooler and unsettled weather are possible for the final week of April.

Be sure to check back for updates on this Prairie pattern change.