Calgary is now under an Environment Canada snow squall watch

Oct 16 2020, 9:09 am

Have those toques, scarves, and mittens at the ready Calgary.

We may have seen our first sticking snowfall earlier this week, but the few centimetres that fell on Wednesdays may pale in comparison to what’s in the forecast for this Friday.

Environment Canada has placed Calgary underĀ  snow squall watch, noting that the cold front that is on its way could causeĀ “brief periods of intense snowfall.”

The alert was put into place at 4:26 am Friday morning, and warns that the majority of the expected snowfall will hit in late morning and early afternoon before the cold front heads south into Montana.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common,” the warning states.

Caution should be exercised for those who are planning to travel over the next few hours, as visibility can significantly reduce.

“Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favourable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.”

Snowfall warnings are currently in place for many regions throughout the Rocky Mountains, and snow squall watches are affecting 26 other regions of Alberta.

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