Thursday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measured 0.7 C with 16 km/h winds out of the west, northwest.
Well this should be interesting.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of south-central Alberta as a band of snow makes its way across the province tonight. It looks as though the worst of the snow will be focused to the south and west but Edmonton is included in the statement.
“There remains considerable uncertainty as to where the majority of the snow will fall as this low is still off the BC Pacific coast,” the statement reads.
“In southern Alberta, temperatures across the region are expected to initially be well above zero on Friday allowing for possible showers to occur ahead of the snow. As the cold front passes through the region Friday afternoon, temperatures are expected to rapidly fall below zero with snow and strong northerly winds with gusts of 60 to 80 km/h.”
Certain areas of Alberta are expected to have 10 to 15 centimetres of snowfall, like Calgary, Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer. Areas in the Rocky Mountains including Jasper and Banff, which are both under winter storm watches, could see more than 25 cm of snow. According to AccuWeather, Jasper National Park already received around 20 cm of snowfall by Wednesday afternoon.
Should the snow fall in the Edmonton region, forecasters are calling for a total of 5 cm with gusty winds of 30-50 km/h. Temperatures in Edmonton are expected to hover around 0 C Friday, with a wind chill of -8, before plunging below freezing over the weekend with highs of -2 C and overnight lows of -7 C and -9 C, respectively.
So we might get absolutely walloped or we might emerge entirely unscathed — time will tell.
Today: Mainly cloudy. 30 per cent chance of flurries this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 4C. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low -3 C. Wind chill -5 overnight.
Tomorrow: Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning in the morning and ending in the afternoon. Amount 5 cm. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 0 C. Wind chill -8 in the morning. UV index 1 or low.
Sunrise: 8:02 a.m.
Sunset: 6:38 p.m.
Average High: 11 C
Average Low: 0 C
Max: 7.2 C
Min: 0.4 C
Total Precipitation: 0.0 mm
On This Day (1997-2019)
Highest temperature: 18.2 C (2007)
Lowest temperature: -4.7 C (2001)
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