Snow and cold front to hit southern Alberta

A second blast of snow is coming to western Canada.

Environment Canada has issued a weather alert for southern regions of the province, predicting 10 to 25 centimetres of snow and a southward moving cold front.

“Snowfall amounts will be highly variable, with areas at higher elevations possibly seeing upwards of 25 centimetres by the time the snow comes to an end this evening,” the advisory said.

The instability along the cold front could cause the snowfall warning to expand, it added.

For Calgary and areas east of the foothills, total snowfall is expected to be around 10 centimetres.

The snowfall warning has been issued for the following Alberta regions: Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Banff National Park, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Calgary, Crowsness Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Jasper National Park, Kananaskis, Canmore, Nordegg, Forestry Trunk Road Highway 734, Okotoks, High River and Claresholm.

This weather advisory comes one week after Calgary set a one-day record with 31 centimetres of snow. Multiple school closures were also seen in more southern parts of the province.

Dan Kulak, a meteorologist from Environment Canada told the Calgary Herald that October often sees variation in temperatures. Temperatures will range between 0 and -7 C on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Kulak. However, by Saturday a forecast high of 16 C is expected.

“It’s the season of transition,” he said.

Environment Canada has cautioned those in the province to prepare for changing travel conditions. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” it said.


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