Here's how much snowfall Calgary can actually expect over the next 36 hours

Oct 7 2019, 9:32 am

Winter is coming back to Calgary with a vengeance.

It has only been about a week since the city was last covered in an untimely September snow, but the few days of sunny skies and warmish weather since have made this normally frigid part of Canada feel like a classic fall affair.

Well, not anymore.

An “intense cold” is on its way to the province, with Environment Canada issuing special weather statements for the entirety of Alberta this morning.

A few Rocky Mountain regions have already fallen under snowfall warnings, though just because Calgary’s tiny tile hasn’t yet turned red on the Environment Canada map doesn’t mean that we aren’t also in for some flakes.

The Weather Network is calling for the snowfall to start tonight between 6 pm and 6 am here in YYC, with around 1 to 3 cm of the stuff mixing in with 2 to 4 mm of rain.

The real snowfall will be seen on Tuesday, when the temperature will reach a high of just -2°C and around 5 cm of snow is expected to blanket the city.

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Calgary weather (The Weather Network)

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Calgary weather (The Weather Network)

All in all — if our math is correct, here — Calgary can look forward to roughly 6 to 8 cm of snow coming down by the end of Tuesday, though a quarter of that will be mixed in with rain on Monday night.

This wouldn’t be an article about weather in Calgary without a disclaimer that, even this close to the oncoming weather event, the skies around here are known to turn on a dime — so there’s really no true way of knowing how much it’ll snow in Calgary until it, you know, actually snows in Calgary.

But we might as well ready ourselves with our best guesses while we can.