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Snow moves into the Prairies

The snow is still piled up from previous storms
The snow is still piled up from previous storms

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

January 27, 2011 — An Alberta clipper is moving across the Prairies bringing heavy snow to some places.

Southern Alberta could see up to 10 cm of snow by Saturday
Southern Alberta could see up to 10 cm of snow by Saturday

You can say the Prairie provinces got off pretty lightly this week. A lack of snow and temperatures in the double digits was making it feel like the worst of the winter season was over. But an Alberta clipper that's moving through will have some residents digging out the snow shovels and winter hats once again.

“As the clipper slides south, it will start affecting Manitoba through the evening and overnight hours Thursday,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

A swath of heavy snow is expected over central Manitoba and the Interlake regions through Friday. “10 to 15 cm of snow is possible for some areas,” notes Dillon. There is also the potential for heavy snow and freezing rain in parts of northern Saskatchewan.

Temperatures will be cooling down significantly as well as the storm moves through. “Colder air is sweeping in behind the clipper,” says Dillon. “Calgary for example saw a daytime high of 13°C on Thursday. And on Friday the city won't even break the freezing mark.”

Dillon adds that 5 to 10 cm of snow isn't out of the question in southern Alberta through Saturday.

For more details on what you can expect with this system 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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