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Cold, snowy storm hits Alberta


More snow making it feel like winter in Swan Hills, Alberta
More snow making it feel like winter in Swan Hills, Alberta

Staff writers

November 29, 2012 — Heavy snow and frigid temperatures are leaving some residents in Alberta bundling up this week.

Limit your time spent out doors when temperatures plunge
Limit your time spent out doors when temperatures plunge

There's still several weeks left until the official start to winter, but try telling that to residents in Alberta. 

A deep Arctic ridge brought below average temperatures to much of the province on Wednesday. 

Residents are urged to dress appropriately as windchills are expected to remain frigid through the weekend.

That means dressing in layers, covering your hands, ears and other extremities, and wearing proper footwear to prevent falls when walking in snow and ice.

Officials say it takes less than 10 minutes to get frostbite when your skin is exposed at these extreme windchill values.

Snowfall forecast
Snowfall forecast

Heavy snow could also make for a tricky commute in parts of northwestern Alberta through Friday.

A system moving in from the Pacific is set to intensify, bringing over 10 cm of snow to the hardest hit areas. 

While a snowfall warning is no longer in place for the City of Edmonton and Leduc regions, persistent snow could still affect drivers.

Motorists are urged to adjust their driving habits as visibility is reduced and road conditions deteriorate.

Wondering what the winter season will be like in your area this year? Check The Weather Network's 2012/2013 Winter Outlook.

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