Winter returns to Alberta

Many Albertans woke up to snow Saturday morning.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings across the province with 10 to 20 cm of snow expected in many areas over the last weekend of April.

A Pacific weather system is expected to bring heavy snowfall to the Central Alberta area, which started April 26 and will move out of the province in the afternoon on April 28.

The warning in Central Alberta is in effect for Red Deer, Lacombe, Ponoka, Stettler and Camrose areas.

Edmonton also had a snowfall warning in place Saturday morning with 10 to 20 cm of snow expected. Temperatures Saturday morning hovered at about -1 C with high winds gusting up to 33 km/h. On Saturday the winds are expected to gust up to 60 km/h and eventually tapering off to about 20 km/h in the late afternoon.

Calgary was under a winter storm watch with snow and rain forecast. Some parts of south eastern Alberta are expected to get 15 to 25 cm of snow.

Saturday in Calgary is expected to be cloudy with showers starting around noon and snow and rainfall overnight with temperatures going as low as -4 C.

Environment Canada says Alberta could get significant snowfall along the QEII corridor between Calgary and Edmonton with northerly winds gusting up to 90 km/h. This could cause whiteout conditions later Saturday afternoon.

About 20 cm of snow is forecast for the Kananaskis area starting on Saturday and ending Sunday.

The QEII highway near Ponoka area. Photo by 511 Alberta cameras.


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