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Prairie cool down


Click on the photo to see more Alberta snow videos and pictures
Click on the photo to see more Alberta snow videos and pictures

Jill Colton, staff writer

October 16, 2010 — After days of record heat and dry conditions, the Prairies are swinging back to seasonal. Meanwhile, signs of winter have appeared in Alberta.

Prairie temperatures will swing back to seasonal.
Prairie temperatures will swing back to seasonal.

A serious temperature shift is in store for Prairie residents this weekend.

So far this fall, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have all been looking and feeling much more like summer.

On Friday, record temperatures were felt in numerous communities including, Assiniboia, Rockglen, Carberry and Melita. But it was Estevan, Saskatchewan that was the hot spot for the entire country with an impressive daytime high of 24.2C.

While the warmer weather has been a welcomed change, especially after a damp and cool summer, a shift in the forecast was bound to happen.

Get ready to start feeling the fall weather if you're in the Prairies.
Get ready to start feeling the fall weather if you're in the Prairies.

Alberta residents got quite the shock on Friday when temperatures plummeted from a warm 22C to frosty single digits. There was no mistaking the evidence that a cold front had passed through the city.

A low pressure system developed over the Rockies and lift from the mountains helped to bring snow to Calgary, explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. According to Environment Canada, Calgary received some 2.2 cm while Springbank, east of Calgary, was laced with 5 cm.

The cooling trend is set to stick around through the weekend though, bringing temperatures to more seasonal values. Although Alberta has already started to cool down it's a different story for Saskatchewan and Manitoba. With the cold front slicing through, it's ultimately going to usher in colder temperatures, especially with the northwesterly flow bringing in cooler air.

Regina definitely felt the effects. On Friday, temperatures were comfortable and above seasonal at 20C, and on Saturday, they dropped to a crisp 10C.

Along with the dropping temperatures, the winds also packed a punch on Saturday. “A low pressure system moved through, and brought strong winds to parts of the Prairies.” Churchill Airport in Manitoba was hit with 80 km/h gusts. Places like McCreary, Winnipeg and Victoria Beach also felt the powerful gusts.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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