Wet, heavy snow to hit west-cen­tral ar­eas

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - DAR­REN FRANCEY

Put away the lawn mower and pull out the shovel — parts of west­ern Al­berta are in for a blast of win­ter this week.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada has is­sued a spe­cial weather state­ment for west-cen­tral Al­berta warn­ing of sig­nif­i­cant snow­falls from Grande Prairie to Banff on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, as a cold front sweeps in from the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries.

“A cool air mass will in­vade much of Al­berta this week, bring­ing with it weather that is de­cid­edly more like win­ter than sum­mer,” reads the state­ment.

Some­where be­tween five and 10 cen­time­tres of wet, heavy snow is forecast, with some ar­eas ex­pected to re­ceive more than 10 cm. Most of the snow is ex­pected to ac­cu­mu­late in the foothills and moun­tains.

For Cal­gary, Thurs­day will be the most mis­er­able day, with a 40-per­cent chance of flur­ries or rain and a high of only 5 C.

That night, the low could reach 0 C. Sun­shine and warmer tem­per­a­tures are forecast to re­turn by Satur­day.

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