Batten down the hatches, put on some hot cocoa, and get ready for what is being described as “a wide range of weather conditions,” Calgary, because there’s a storm a brewin’.
Environment Canada officially put Calgary on a storm watch as of 3:21 pm on Friday, April 26, stating that showers are expected to develop in southeastern Alberta by Saturday afternoon with the possibility of embedded thunderstorms.
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A funnel cloud or two is also a possibility over the Brooks and Medicine Hat region during the afternoon, according to the alert, and by early evening the showers will change to snow, bringing 15 to 25 cm down on areas from Coronation to Cypress Hills.
Western Alberta can expect to see wind gusts of up to 90 km/h mixing with snow to potentially create whiteout conditions, and 20 cm of snow could fall over the Kananaskis region between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Calgary can expect a 60% chance of rain showers or flurries on Friday night, a 30% chance throughout the day on Saturday, and up to 10 cm of snow through Saturday night.
The snowfall is expected to diminish by Sunday, with skies clearing for a high of 2°C.
Fingers crossed that this is the last snowfall we’ll see this season … but given that this is Calgary, that may be too high of a hope.