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Wet snow falls across BC, Alberta


Staff writers
October 3, 2012 — Wet snow has been falling across parts of BC and Alberta making things feel a little more wintery this week.


Snow at Sunshine Village in Banff
Snow at Sunshine Village in Banff

It's the dreaded "S" word for many Canadians, but parts of the country have been seeing snow this week. 

A low pressure system that brought snow to the Yukon continued to sink south into BC and Alberta Tuesday.

"In most places the precipitation started as rain, but by dusk temperatures were cold enough for some snow to mix in," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Measurable snow could be found at Sunshine Resort in Banff Tuesday night, and in Calgary, a light dusting coated the grass and some roads.

In anticipation of the first snowfall of the season, crews in Calgary were on standby with sanding trucks and salt. 

"The ground is still too warm for any significant accumulations, but gusty conditions helped to reduce visibility through the evening and overnight hours," says Ressler. 

The snow is expected to taper by Wednesday afternoon, but temperatures remain cool as the cold front slides through.

Wet snow reported in Cranbrook, BC Tuesday
Wet snow reported in Cranbrook, BC Tuesday

"Temperatures have dipped to the low single digits," says Ressler. "The good news is, conditions will start to warm up once again as we head into the Thanksgiving long weekend."   

While it may seem too early to see flurries in the forecast, Alberta is no stranger to fall snow storms

On average, Calgary usually sees around five centimetres of snow in September. The city typically picks up close to 10 cm in October as well. 

Wondering what the rest of the fall season will be like in your area? Be sure to check the 2012 Fall Outlook.

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