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Wet snow falls in Calgary

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 17, 2010 — Bundle up if you're in the Prairies. Another shot of wintry weather is expected this weekend.

Snow coats some plants in Calgary Friday morning
Snow coats some plants in Calgary Friday morning

Old Man Winter is making his mark on western Canada. There's still a week left of summer, but you wouldn't know it in the Prairies.

It snowed throughout the day in Fort McMurray, Alberta Thursday and we received several videos of the flurries to prove it. It wasn't quite enough to get people revving up their snow-blowers, but it certainly has residents bundling up.

“We have a cold, arctic airmass sinking south, which is bringing winter-like conditions to northern parts of the country,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It's not completely unheard of at this time of year, but it's not always welcomed either.”

It wasn't cold enough for Calgary to see any flurries on Thursday, but the cool down this morning brought wet snow to the city. There were no reports of accumulation.

This isn't the first time that Calgary has seen snow in September. In 2003, about 12 cm of snow fell on the city over a two day time frame.

Previous blasts of snow in September
Previous blasts of snow in September

The recent blast of snow has tapered for much of the province, but as a system moves in on Saturday there's a chance for some flurries to mix in with the rain.

“The cooler air will remain in place as well with another shot for wintry conditions this weekend,” says Brian Dillon, another meteorologist here at The Weather Network. Calgary in particular will be feeling daytime highs 10 degrees below seasonal for the next five days.

These frosty conditions are spelling trouble for farmers who are already weeks behind the harvest schedule due to the soaking rain this summer.

For the latest forecast details where you live, check our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Lisa Varano

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