Winter-like conditions linger on the Prairies, but a rosy warmup is looming

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Winter-like conditions linger on the Prairies, but a rosy warmup is looming
Winter-like conditions linger on the Prairies, but a rosy warmup is looming

Things are starting to look rosier across the western Prairies as we head towards the latter half of the week. While the winter-like weather hangs on into Wednesday, temperatures are on the rise. By Thursday, daytime highs will creep into the double digits in parts of southern Alberta. On Friday, some cities could hit the mid-teens. Even the eastern Prairies will see a slight warmup, as well. Meanwhile, there will still be bouts of snow, rain and mixing to contend with through the next few days. More on the timing and impact, as well as the impending temperature climb, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • More wintry weather for central, southern Alberta through Wednesday morning

  • Western Prairies warms up again Thursday; another low to bring more snow into Friday

  • Warming trend will bring double-digit temperatures to parts of southern Alberta, Saskatchewan Friday

WEDNESDAY: WINTRY WEATHER HANGS ON AHEAD OF PLEASANT WARMUP

The boundary hovering across B.C. will bring more winter-like conditions to parts of central and southern Alberta through Wednesday morning, with Pacific moisture pushing east of the Rockies. Precipitation will be a rain-snow mix, which will push out by the afternoon.

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PRsnow

Meanwhile, the eastern Prairies will see improving conditions in the early morning hours Wednesday, as the trough departs the region.

Not much snow is anticipated region-wide across the Prairies, but by Friday, cumulative totals from multiple systems may reach 5-10 cm along parts of the Rockies and in parts of northern Saskatchewan. Widespread 3-5 cm is expected through Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan.

Temperatures will climb back to near seasonal values in Alberta, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba will continue to be below normal. Daytime highs will remain in the single digits region-wide, with parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba hovering around or below the freezing mark.

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PRTempWed

THURSDAY: TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN WESTERN PRAIRIES, NEXT LOW SET TO MOVE IN

On Thursday, another weak trough will move across the eastern Prairies may bring a rain-snow mix for southern Saskatchewan, but nothing impactful is expected.

Meanwhile, Alberta will remain dry for most of the day, but another Pacific low moving east of the Rockies will begin to push in late Thursday, bringing another round of light snow to central and northern areas into Friday.

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PRTempThurs

Daytime highs will continue to rise in Alberta, with southern sections warming up to the double digits. Parts of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba will also see a slight boost in temperatures, but still remaining below seasonal.

FRIDAY: LATE OCTOBER THAW, BUT WITH ANOTHER SPLASH OF SNOW

The wintry pattern will finally break down for the end of the week and into the first week of November, with above seasonal temperatures spreading across southern areas at times. In fact, daytime highs across parts of southern Alberta will reach the low- to mid-teens on Friday. Portions of southern Saskatchewan may reach the double digits.

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PRtempFriday

Quite the contrast, and relief, from the record-breaking cold that saw temperatures plummet to near -30°C this past weekend in northern Alberta.

A system tracking across northern parts of the region Friday into Saturday will bring a swath of 10-20 cm of snow to northern areas including Fort McMurray, Alta. Heavy snow is also expected for the central Rockies, with snow extending east into the foothills of central Alberta.

It will turn briefly colder, with just slightly below seasonal temperatures, on Saturday but then milder weather surges back for early next week. However, a sharp north-south gradient with Arctic air will remain across northern parts of the region, resulting in periods of snow.

Be sure to check back with The Weather Network as we provide updates on the forecast.