We might only be in the first week of fall, but Mother Nature apparently isn’t wasting any time welcoming Old Man Winter back into our lives.
According to a special weather statement from Environment Canada, “a slow-moving disturbance over northeastern BC will produce snow over the Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park region tonight.”
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In total, 10 to 15 centimetres of the white stuff is expected to fall over eastern sections of the region near Tetsa River by Friday morning.
Western sections of the region “will see lighter accumulations of a few centimetres.”
The snow is then expected to taper off Friday morning as the disturbance moves southward.
With the early winter wallop on its way, Environment Canada is also advising motorists to adjust their driving to accommodate for changing road conditions. ”
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” the agency notes. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”
If there’s some cold comfort to be had in the midst of this, it could be the fact that at least BC won’t be facing this early winter weather alone.
According to a report by The Weather Network, “a high impact snow storm has already prompted winter storm watches for parts of the western Prairies.”
An upper-level low pressure system from over the northern Prairies has been gaining strength as it moves towards Hudson Bay, according to the report. “Most places” are in for a 20-degree temperature drop compared to the start of the workweek, making for “some significant autumn snow.”
Environment Canada has already issued winter storm watch for parts of Alberta ahead of what is expected to be long-duration snowfall which could last from late Friday to Monday morning.
As per The Weather Network, the greatest amounts of snowfall are likeliest in the southwest and along southern parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan — up to 60 cm of snow south of Lethbridge — with major cities like Calgary looking to get hit with between 5 to 10 cm.
“Snow is not out of the ordinary at this time of the year on the Prairies,” continues The Weather Network, “but a peculiar setup is behind these expected extreme amounts.”
We’ll have to agree with that.