Environment Canada places Calgary under Special Weather Statement

Sep 27 2019, 8:47 am

Well, it’s official, Summer is over.

The foreboding clouds on the horizon have finally settled atop Calgary, and Environment Canada has issued Special Weather Statements that they’re filled with the potential for a September snowfall.

The city of Calgary — along with a few dozen other regions throughout Alberta — was issued statements early Friday morning, which warns that “the first significant snowfall of the season is expected today through Monday for the Foothills and much of Southern Alberta.”

The special weather statement encompasses the regions of Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Banff National Park, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, the City of Calgary, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Foremost, Drumheller, Three Hills, Hanna, Coronation, Oyen, Hinton, Grande Cache, Jasper National Park, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Suffield, Nordegg, Forestry Trunk Road Highway 734, Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Whitecourt, Edson, Fox Creek, and Swan Hills.

While the sheer number of regions being affected is troubling enough, the handful that are already facing winter storm watches — and two, Kananaskis and Canmore, who are already facing a full-blown snowfall warning — show signs of what’s to come for YYC this weekend.

The City of Calgary’s Special Weather Statement says that “Calgary will likely see precipitation transition to snow by this evening, with accumulations up to 5 cm by Sunday morning.”

Poor driving conditions are expected for much of southwestern Alberta, though snow will begin to taper off by Monday.

“Temperatures are forecast to rebound into the low-mid teens by mid-week, making this brief brush with winter just that…brief.”

Here’s hoping that the warm weather to come will save us the hassle of shovelling snow — at least for now.