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Rain, snow hits western Canada

Staff writers

April 5, 2013 — Winter isn't over yet for western Canada.

The snow led to delays at Edmonton International Airport on Friday (courtesy: Grace Guenter)
The snow led to delays at Edmonton International Airport on Friday (courtesy: Grace Guenter)

Despite a warm spell in British Columbia and Alberta, winter isn't over yet.

The first in a series of lows moved into British Columbia Thursday afternoon. Meteorologists say it will bring close to 120 mm of rain to Vancouver through the weekend. 

Up to 20 cm of snow is expected to fall along Kootenay Pass by Friday evening, which will bring the threat of snow and mix precipitation to southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with gusty winds.

"Edmonton International Airport reported a few delays throughout the day on Friday. They're encouraging people who are flying to check their flight status well in advance," said Farah Dhalla, reporting from Edmonton.

Western Alberta is set to see the heaviest snow from this system, while a mix of freezing rain and snow is expected in central parts of the province.

Calgary didn't receive any snow, but eastern portions of Edmonton, along with parts of Kindersley, Regina and Estevan could get up to 15 cm by the time all is said and done on Saturday.

Roughly 16,000 residents across Calgary lost power Thursday morning. Officials say it was likely due to a combination of salt buildup and added moisture, which caused several short circuits on the power lines.

Snowfall forecast through Saturday morning
Snowfall forecast through Saturday morning

"Snow will move into southern Manitoba Friday evening," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected in southern parts of Saskatchewan, which could also see bouts of freezing rain.

For Assiniboia, Moose Jaw and Outlook regions, snow is expected to change to freezing rain, before tapering off Friday afternoon.

Southwestern Manitoba, including Brandon, could get up to 10 cm of snow. The wintry weather will bypass Winnipeg for the most part, with less than 5 cm in the forecast.

"It's not unusual to see snow in April, but this added accumulation raises flooding concern for parts of southern Saskatchewan, given the significant snow the region has seen this winter," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

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