Rockies west of Calgary blasted by snowfall as warnings issued

Jun 20 2019, 5:09 pm

It might be the last day of spring, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at Banff National Park.

The Rocky Mountain region was hit by some snowfall overnight, with some of Alberta’s most vertical ski resorts looking just about ready to open for the season… on June 20.

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Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, calling for about 10 cm to fall on portions of Highway 93 by tonight.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance,” the warning states.

The weather will be looking a tad more slushy up north in Jasper, as the area is facing both a snowfall warning — calling for 10 cm of snow — and a rainfall warning that’s expected to bring between 50 to 80 mm of precipitation by Friday.

Flash floods and water pooling on roads are a definite possibility, and drivers in the area should “be prepared for possible winter conditions at higher elevations.”

Here’s what Alberta’s Rockies are currently looking like following the overnight snowfall: