First the bitter cold returned to the Prairies and now snow is back with a vengeance for southern Alberta.
Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network explains, “A low off the Pacific has slid along the coast, bringing both rain and bursts of snow to parts of BC's Interior.”
Snowfall totals are expected to be quite high for communities like Revelstoke and Williams Lake -- up to 30 cm through Monday.
Meanwhile, Davis says that an upslope of cold air, combined with moist Pacific air will mix and produce heavy snowfall in western Alberta. “The upsloping in the mountains means higher totals along the foothills, including Calgary.”
Between 15-30 cm is likely for the city and areas like Lethbridge. Red Deer could see upwards of 15 cm.
The mountain parks will get even more snow with totals potentially reaching 50 cm.
“Highway travelling won't be pleasant,” warns Davis. “Blowing snow may affect visibility, so check highway conditions before you get behind the wheel.”
If you're planning on touring the backcountry, it's important to verify conditions before you head out. According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre, the avalanche risk is mostly at a considerable ranking, with some areas at a high risk in the coast mountain region of BC. With the heavy snowfall, the risk warning could change at any time.
“The heaviest bands will take place during the late evening and overnight hours. By the morning the snow will begin to taper,” concludes Davis.
The Weather Network will be monitoring this winter storm. National Forecasts come up on TV at 2 and 32 minutes past each hour.
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