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Big chill coming to Prairies

Snow expected to begin Monday
Snow expected to begin Monday

Jill Colton and Lisa Varano, staff writers

November 14, 2010 — Temperatures are about to take a steep drop across the Prairie provinces, and heavy snowfall is expected in southern Alberta.

Cooler days are on the way for the west
Cooler days are on the way for the west

There's no denying it any longer. Winter weather is closing in across western Canada.

The same system that's bringing rain to British Columbia will have a domino-like effect in southern Alberta. The moist Pacific system will dump heavy snow, and blowing snow, on the foothills, Calgary and Lethbridge as of Monday night.

And an Arctic cold front should drop temperatures by 10 to 20 degrees in the Prairie provinces.

'The winter air is starting to settle in more permanently now. By the middle to the end of the week, it's going to be below seasonal right across the Prairies,' says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Snow is in the forecast for Alberta
Snow is in the forecast for Alberta

Temperatures in Alberta will drop off to the low single digits on Monday, and the negative single digits from Tuesday on. By midweek, it could be around -10 C in many parts of the province.

On Tuesday and Wednesday night, it could feel like -20 with the windchill in Calgary and Edmonton.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba will also see dip in temperatures mid-week, but not heavy snow.

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