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Snow eases in the Prairies


Winter makes its presence known. Click on the photo to see more of the snow across the Prairies
Winter makes its presence known. Click on the photo to see more of the snow across the Prairies

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 19, 2010 — The snow has tapered and the winds are easing across the Prairies. Bone-chilling temperatures, however, are sticking around a little while longer.

Blowing snow in Winnipeg reduces visibility on the roads
Blowing snow in Winnipeg reduces visibility on the roads

There's still a month left until the official start of winter, but you wouldn't know it in the Prairies.

“After a pretty mild fall overall, we have certainly hit the skids with the temperatures,” says Chris Scott, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

Overnight lows are dipping to the minus 20's, while daytime highs are sitting in the minus teens. Heavy snow has been walloping some areas as well.

The system hit Alberta head on, dumping at least 10 cm of snow in Calgary and higher amounts locally. The Weather Network's Chris Murphy flew out to the city Wednesday afternoon and said roads are covered with slush and black ice, creating some dangerous conditions.

Most of the snow began to taper off across the province on Thursday afternoon with just some light snow along the foothills persisting.

Chilly weekend in store across the Prairies
Chilly weekend in store across the Prairies

Saskatchewan and Manitoba saw their fair share as well. The system tracked into both provinces on Thursday making a mess on city streets and highways.

Close to 15 cm of snow was recorded in Regina and Saskatoon, while Winnipeg and Brandon both saw 10 cm. Blowing snow and reduced visibility was reported throughout the day on Friday. The snow and winds have since eased, but that doesn't mean the region is completely in the clear.

“We have to watch for a system from the states and it may give us a bit of snow along the southern Prairies for the weekend,” notes Scott.

Cold temperatures on the other hand are a guarantee right across the board. Scott says residents are still several days away from loosening their scarves.

“Into next week is when we see some signs of warming, so we're not settling into winter just yet.” says Scott.

To stay up-to-date on the current weather conditions, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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