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Winter appears in Alberta

A wintry night in Swan Hills, AB Sunday
A wintry night in Swan Hills, AB Sunday

Beverley Ann D'Cruz, staff writer

September 21, 2010 — It's time to bundle up. Winter is making an early arrival in Alberta.

Up to 20 cm of snow is possible.
Up to 20 cm of snow is possible.

It seems like Alberta is skipping the fall season all together. Old Man Winter has decided to make an early appearance to the province.

Snowfall Warnings were issued by Environment Canada for Jasper National Park, Hinton and Grand Cache Sunday night as up to 20 cm of snow was expected.

While the northern areas are bearing the brunt of the storm right now, The Weather Network's meteorologist Dayna Vettese says snow in the south isn't out of the question either.

Wet snow fell in Calgary late last week
Wet snow fell in Calgary late last week

We could see some snowfall in and around Jasper, as well as some mixing through Edmonton and even Calgary in the next coming nights, says Vettese. It will be more of a rain-snow mix especially into Edmonton. We could see a rain-snow mix through Calgary as well. It will definitely be a mix for these areas, unlike up in the mountains which are seeing some decent snowfall.

Although a mid-September snowfall seems a bit abnormal, it should come as no surprise as many places have already been experiencing chilly, below seasonal temperatures and frost.

On Saturday, people had to bundle up as Sundre fell to -5.3C and Edmonton plummeted to -5C. Calgary has also been facing temperatures 10 degrees below normal for the past few days.

These frosty conditions are not only forcing people to dig out the winter wardrobe, it's making the harvest season for Prairie farmers near impossible.

To stay updated on the current watches and warning in your area, check out the latest updates online at The Weather Network's Alerts section.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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