Heavy snow for Alberta and Saskatchewan

Up to 12 inches of snow in southwestern Saskatchewan – Hazardous winter conditions expected – Highway closures likely

Monday 02 October 2017 (Excerpts)

The first winter storm of the season to affect southern Alberta will also hammer the southwestern corner of Saskatchewan today.

Heavy wet snow that began overnight will continue to fall throughout the day, with accumulations approaching 30 cm (11.8″) expected along the Trans-Canada highway from west of Swift Current to the Alberta border including the Cypress Hills area. The snow will be accompanied by northerly winds gusting to 80 km/h (49.7 mph), which will result in white-out conditions at times. Highway closures in this area are likely, and motorists are advised to postpone travel until the storm has passed.

Snow will continue tonight, with a further 15 cm (5.9″) expected. The snow will gradually taper off on Tuesday.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk5#1014213851444725527201710020501ww1373cwwg (also sk4 in the adress link for the Shaunavon – Maple Creek – Val Marie – Cypress Hills warning)


Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

3 thoughts on “Heavy snow for Alberta and Saskatchewan

  1. That forecast sounds precisely like the conditions we encountered on the 4th October 2009 while driving back from BC to Fort Macleod along Hwy 3. There was more heavy snow on the 8th. Luckily we had taken warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves with us on this first, and so far only, visit to Canada…despite being told by family there to expect late English summer type weather!

  2. I live in southern Alberta near Lethbridge and we’ve had probably 20+ cm of wet glop here today. I had to knock the wet snow off tall columnar cedars as they were bent over so much. Dogwood and mugo pine shrubs are “flattened” under the heavy stuff. Hard to determine actual fall was the wind has been gusting to 60+ kph most of the day. Several main highways including the #1 TCH were closed because of poor road surfaces and low viz. Still snowing moderately at 9 PM Oct 2 and will be -4°C tonight. Roads will be bad in the morning. Took a few photos for my wife as she is in hospital and can’t look out.

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