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Environment Canada: Snow and strong winds tonight and Wednesday

Source: http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab33#267cweg

Statements

3:07 PM MDT Tuesday 31 March 2015
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • City of Edmonton – St. Albert – Sherwood Park

Snow and strong winds tonight and Wednesday.

April’s weather in Alberta will begin on a note that won’t be fooling around.

A low pressure system has formed over Central Alberta and is forecast to track east into Saskatchewan on Wednesday. Showers currently over the Grande Prairie and Peace River regions will intensify through the day and thunderstorms are possible near the low in Central Alberta this afternoon.

Tonight, precipitation will change over to snow in most regions with the potential for locally heavy snow. Given the instability with this system snowfall amounts will be highly variable, but some regions may see in excess of 15 centimetres of heavy, wet snow. The main axis of snow should be along a line roughly from Grande Prairie and Peace River to Lloydminster and Cold Lake. Snowfall warnings have been issued for the regions where warning-level snowfall is most likely. The Capital region will see some snow, and 24-hour amounts by Wednesday evening will likely be close to 10 centimetres.

As the uncertainty in the low’s intensity and track diminishes, warnings may be expanded tonight.

On Wednesday, strong northwesterly winds are forecast through Central Alberta as the low moves into Saskatchewan. As the fresh snow will be wet, blowing snow is unlikely to be a major concern, but wind gusts may approach the warning threshold of 90 km/h, primarily during the afternoon.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at http://www.weather.gc.ca.

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