Calgary facing the possibility of summer snow later this week

Sep 10 2018, 3:49 pm

No, we’re not kidding.

Calgarians could be seeing a few flakes falling from the skies later this week, as a weekly weather forecast for the city from Environment Canada warns of a chance of flurries on Wednesday.

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A premature summer snow is definitely not a rarity around here, but it does always remind Albertans just how fleeting summers can be. The warm sunshine of July and August are long-gone, with the average temperature hovering around 10°C for the rest of the week.

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Calgary weather this week (Environment Canada)

Today may actually be the last day to walk around without that winter coat, as a balmy high of 19°C is in the cards — along with a 30% chance of showers and the possibility of lightning, that is.

Parts of Western Alberta are already under a special weather statement from Environment Canada that warns of a potential snowfall on its way later this week.

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The parts of Alberta under a special weather statement (Environment Canada)

Rocky Mountain House, Grande Prairie, and Jasper National Park areas are all under the statement, with an expected 5 to 10 cm of heavy, wet snow likely to fall on Wednesday.

It won’t be quite as white in Calgary (fingers crossed) but the dusting that we may see will be the start of another long Alberta winter.