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Long-Duration Snowstorm Brings Early Season Chill Across British Columbia…

A strengthening Colorado Low will bring a long-duration, widespread snowstorm to portions of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan before lingering into Manitoba and Northern Ontario.

A weak low is expected to bring a snowstorm to the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta on Friday lasting through to Sunday. Strengthening into the weekend, on Saturday, a strong low is expected to form near the Wyoming/Colorado border before moving east towards Northwestern Ontario before phasing out and reorganizing into a low which will bring widespread rain to portions of Northeastern and Southern Ontario.

WESTERN PRAIRIES & SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA SNOWFALL TOTALS

Accumulations from the snowstorm will vary greatly throughout Southern Alberta/Saskatchewan with the heaviest accumulations throughout the mountains. Current guidance suggests snowfall totals will be highest between 30 and 60cm, locally higher towards 70cm+, in the extreme southwestern portion of Alberta throughout Waterton Lakes National Park towards Pincher Creek, where the extent of red is shaded in the forecast map. Isolated totals near 100cm may be possible. Along the United States border extending into the mountains, highlighted in pink, snowfall totals between 15 and 30cm are likely with pockets of snow towards 40cm possible throughout the mountains. The highest snowfall totals are due to the position of the low creating an ‘up-sloping’ event where the snow is driven up and into the mountains and foothills allowing for significant accumulations. Snowfall ratios in this region will likely peak around 10:1 (10 inches of snow for 1 inch of water).

Down the mountains into the foothills and into the Central-Northern Rocky Mountains, Purcell Mountains, and Northern Selkirks Mountains, snowfall totals will be limited to 10-20cm with local totals towards 20-30cm. This includes Banff and Cranbrook, as well as, this region is highlighted in purple on the forecast map. In Extreme Southern Alberta, outside of the foothills will likely see between 10-20cm of snow. This includes the City of Lethbridge extending towards the southeast, also seen in purple on the forecast map. The snowfall totals may significantly drop off outside of the mountains and foothill regions as temperatures on Saturday through to Monday across the lower Prairie regions will be within 2 degrees of 0, meaning, snow may change over to rain at the lower elevations. This would significantly limit accumulations. The temperature change would be most prevalent in Extreme Southeastern Alberta into Southern Saskatchewan. Snowfall totals in this region are expected to be between 5-15cm are likely, which can be seen in purple on the forecast map, and circled. If temperatures trend cooler for this region, 10-20cm wouldn’t be out of the question for Southern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan, extending as far in to include Shaunavon. Snowfall ratios will peak around the 3:1 and 5:1 range.

A general 5-15cm, locally up to 25cm, can be extended throughout the Rocky Mountains from the Lake Lousie region northwest into British Columbia extending towards Fort Nelson, as well as the Southern Selkirks Mountains and portions of the Monashees and Cascade Mountains. This would include Jasper and Grande Cache. This is highlighted in dark blue on the map. Across Southern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan, a widespread 5-10cm, locally 15-20cm can be expected, also highlighted in dark blue. This includes Calgary, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Rockglen, and Penticton. Elsewhere in light blue, flurries are likely. Snowfall totals around 5cm with local totals to 10-15cm are likely around Kelowna and Vernon. Snowfall totals will range under 5cm with local pockets sticking up to 10cm for portions of Saskatchewan and Central Alberta. Generally, the snow will melt-on-contact for a majority of the event for these highlighted regions, including Red Deer, Regina, and Saskatoon.

Environment Canada has issued widespread special weather statements across Southern, Western and Central Alberta, as well as, portions of British Columbia. Winter storm watches have been issued ahead of the snowstorm for Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Canmore, Okotoks, Cardston, and Fort Macleod regions.

Weather alerts can be monitored on Environment Canada’s website: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Projected snowfall totals between Friday, September 27th to Monday, September 30th

MANITOBA & ONTARIO SNOWFALL TOTALS

As the snowstorm producing low-pressure system crosses east, bringing the precipitation with it, light to moderate showers are likely across Southern Manitoba, and most of Northern Ontario. Alongside these showers, a band of flurries to light snow will cross portions of Central/Northern Manitoba into Far Northern Ontario. Snowfall totals less than or near 5cm are likely due to the snow mainly being melt-on-contact. A few pockets across Southwestern Manitoba and into Far Northern Ontario may see local totals towards 10cm. The highest confidence for locally higher totals is circled in red.

Projected snowfall totals between Monday, September 30th to Wednesday, October 2nd

BLOWING SNOW & STRONG WINDS

As the snow falls across the Southern Prairies, increasing wind speeds will bring the threat for hazardous traveling conditions in fast accumulating snow and falling snow. Current guidance suggests wind speeds will range from 30-50km/h across Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan later in the day on Saturday extending through to Sunday morning. During the afternoon and evening on Sunday, winds will likely increase to 40-70km/h before 40-60km/h wind gusts settle in across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario as the system weakens and phases out beginning mid-day Monday.

Blizzard conditions are possible.

Blowing snow and falling snow may make travel hazardous on Highway 1, 2, 3, and 4 across Southern Alberta and on Highway 1, 13, 18, 21, and 37 in Southern Saskatchewan.

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Severe Weather Envelopes the Southwestern Prairies Thursday; Reloads Friday

A potent upper-air pattern will create extreme instability across the Southwestern Prairies Thursday. A surface trough will slice through the summer air offering a trigger for explosive thunderstorm development in the unstable atmosphere.

Winds at the surface out of the southeast and upper-level winds from the southwest suggest a well-sheared warm sector. The strongest surface heating will remain just south of the border. In spite of that, ample moisture delivery, temperatures falling aloft, effective shear, and plenty of energy will provide a breeding grounding for severe thunderstorms Thursday.

Thunderstorms will develop across Southern Alberta and Northern Montana around 2 pm. Trans-versing northeastwards throughout the afternoon and evening, Initial storm develop may feature discrete cells and bowing segments; a threat for large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado is possible. As progression into the evening continues, a powerful nocturnal complex of thunderstorms known as a Mesoscale Convective Complex (MCS), may develop. These convective weather systems are notorious producers of damaging winds, intense frequent lightning, large hail, and localized flooding in torrential downpours. Moreover, these systems are known to persist well into the pre-dawn hours.

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HAZARDS: 90-110km/h wind gusts, 2-5cm hail, torrential rainfall, frequent lightning, and an isolated tornado.

We will be monitoring the thunderstorms throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta attentively on Thursday. Be sure to closely monitor watches and warnings throughout the afternoon, evening and overnight. We will be issuing another forecast for severe thunderstorm risk in Saskatchewan, Friday. The risk depends greatly on the evolution of thunderstorms Thursday into pre-dawn Friday.

HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUES WEST OF EDMONTON

Much of the focus is rightfully centered around substantial thunderstorm risk further south, but appreciable rainfall amounts along the Highway 16 & 40 corridor is worth mentioning. This region has already seen very-heavy rainfall over the last several days. Another 50-75mm is on tap between Hinton and Edmonton, through Friday.

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Much NEEDED RAINFALL & SNOW to Kick off the…

A potent upper-level system will stall all week across Alberta and Saskatchewan. The unsettled pattern will bring much-needed rainfall, thunderstorms, much below seasonal temperatures, and even accumulating S*** for Banff & Jasper.

Beneficial rainfall will persist all week in Alberta & Saskatchewan as an upper-level system stalls across the region. The heaviest rainfall is anticipated across Central Alberta where 50-75mm+ is expected by Friday. With much of that rain falling between Wednesday and Thursday. Some rainfall is in the forecast for drought-stricken High Level (Northern Alberta) & Moose Jaw (Southwestern Saskatchewan).

The much below seasonal temperatures and a soaking rainfall will make it feel more like the middle of October across the foothills. By Wednesday, temperatures will plummet nearly 10c below seasonal. Continuing through the day Thursday.

DAYS OF THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE WITH THE THREAT OF SEVERE TUESDAY

Thunderstorms have been an almost daily occurrence over the last several days in the Prairies. The thunderstorm risk is expected to continue this week.

Monday: thunderstorms producing heavy downpours and small hail across Interior British Columbia and Northern Alberta.

Locally strong to severe thunderstorms expected across the yellow shaded area today.

Tuesday: better dynamics for potent thunderstorms across Southern Alberta (Calgary to Medicine Hat). Discrete cells or supercells could be capable of producing damaging winds and large hail.

Wednesday: daytime heating thunderstorm risk moves further East into Saskatchewan.

ACCUMULATING SNOW KICKS OFF SUMMER IN BANFF & JASPER

Between Wednesday night through Friday, accumulating up-sloping snow is expected over the high-elevation topography of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Believe or not, Friday is officially the first day of summer.

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Convective Outlook: Thunderstorms & Flood Risk

Our forecasting team at TransCanada Weather is cautiously watching long range model guidance. Between Tuesday May 28th – Thursday, June 6th, the evolution of a pattern supportive of heavy rain, severe thunderstorms & unsettled conditions will envelop parts of Canada. Read below to find out where.

PRAIRIES: Unsettled Conditions, Risk of Cold Core Funnels, Threat of Thunderstorms

The Prairies will have to contend with unsettled conditions. Including a pattern that may support the risk of cold core funnel clouds & areas of severe thunderstorms between late May to early June. This is be welcomed news for Alberta; contending with out-of-control forest fires.

GREAT LAKES: Heavy Rain & Severe Thunderstorms

A second area we are watching closely: the Great Lakes/Ontario region. A supportive pattern for flooding and/or severe thunderstorms is possible between Tuesday May 28th to Thursday May 30th.

Abnormally, deep troughing, seasonably deep height-falls, strong waves of low-pressure, concurrent with a southeast ridge. Will bring surges of warm moist air along with supportive wind profiles for severe thunderstorms and/or flood risk. A significant severe day will be possible within this regime across Southern or Northeastern Ontario.

Saturday, May 25th: after Thursday, the next threat for severe across Southern Ontario will come Saturday. Risks across Southwestern Ontario include: isolated damaging wind gusts, large hail & torrential downpours.

Additional considerations: drought conditions in the Southeastern US allowing mid-level dry/warm air to migrate north within stronger circulations. Abnormally-wet southern plains, increasing low-level moisture transport/PWAT values in stronger 850mb flows.

-troy

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Major Snowstorm Slices Through British Columbia & the Prairies

A Major Pattern reversal is underway across Western Canada. Cold air will descend from Northern Canada beginning Friday, coinciding with an extended period of heavy snowfall.

Our forecasting team will be closely monitoring the progression a major winter storm beginning Thursday evening. The Winter Storm isn’t expected to bring heavy snowfall rates, but rather an extended period of light-moderate snow over the next 48 hours.

The heaviest snowfall totals are expected through the Rockies; across British Columbia and Alberta. Where in excess of 50cm of snow is expected to fall. Even major cities, such as Edmonton won’t escape the wintry weather. With 30 or more centimeters projected to fall, over the next couple days.

Projected Snowfall Totals through Saturday PM
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[UPDATED] Prairies: Not Your Usual Clipper System This Weekend

Alberta Clippers are synonymous for bringing snowfall lee of the Canadian Rockies, during December and January. These typically moisture-starved systems are fast movers, ejecting quickly out of Alberta, through the Southern Prairies – towards the Great Lakes. Read more about Alberta Clippers here.

A clipper is expected to form in Northern Alberta Saturday evening. Normally, these systems are more of a nuisance, accompanied by low snowfall totals and quick forward motion. On the contrary, this weekends system will flourish. Thanks to clashing temperatures and abundant Pacific moisture.

SNOWFALL TOTALS

Accumulations will vary greatly throughout the Prairies, bearing in mind the heaviest snow will fall along a narrow swath. Current guidance suggests close to 15cm across the northern extent of the darker shaded region (in our forecast map). Including, Northern & Central Alberta. The heaviest snow (~20cm) will fall across Extreme Southwest Manitoba and Southeast Saskatchewan. *Model guidance has increased snowfall totals further into Southwestern Manitoba, where Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings. Several warnings now stretch across parts of Prairies.

There will be another swath of snow tracking down the Rockies, bringing 10-20cm. It looks like Calgary will be limited to less than 5cm through Friday. By Saturday, a steep contrast in temperature envelopes the Prairies. Calgary will see a high of 9c and sunshine. Whereas, Eastern Saskatchewan will still be below freezing.

Projected snowfall totals through this weekend.

STRONG WINDS & BLOWING SNOW

Winds pickup between the Grande Prairie – Whitecourt corridor early Saturday evening. Winds sustained at or over 30km/h, gusting 60-80km/h. Gusty winds will overspread much of Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan overnight Saturday into Sunday morning. The strongest wind gusts aren’t expected to coincide with the heaviest swath of snow. Still, freshly fallen snowfall, which is dry and light – will combine with gusty winds. Bringing local blowing and drifting snow. Stay tuned to weather advisories, or statements pertaining to any potential road closures.

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Canada Winter 2018-2019 Forecast: Frigid Prairies and Significant Lake-Effect…

Canada-Wide 2018-2019 Preliminary Forecast.
Finalized Outlook by Christmas!

Frigid Air and Heavy Squalls Loom

The winter across Canada for many this season is expected to be cold, particularly for Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Through careful analysis of meteorological data, we have compiled a preliminary forecast for the winter across Canada for this winter. We will issue an updated version, should the situation warrant, in December.

For many places, we expect an early start to winter. Some places in Manitoba have already received accumulating snow. For Southern Ontario, we expect accumulating snow perhaps as early as late October.

Key Highlights
– Frigid & Snowy Winter for Saskatchewan and Manitoba
– Cold & Stormy for Ontario and Quebec
– Potentially Historic Squalls for Great Lakes (NW and W Flow)
– Several Winter Storms for Maritimes and NL but Not All Snow

British Columbia
For this winter BC is expected to receive a relatively typical winter season. Normal precipitation amounts with normal temperatures will be present in the region. While a few colder outbreaks are certainly likely with some snow getting into the mainland, we expect nothing out of the ordinary.

Prairies
From Alberta to Saskatchewan to Manitoba, we expect a frigid winter overall. While Alberta is expected to receive moderating temperatures throughout the winter from Pacific air flows, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are expected to be exceptionally cold, and at times, record-breaking with several rounds of ‘deep-freezes’. Precipitation is expected to be slightly above normal for Alberta, and above normal for Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Ontario & Quebec
Ontario is expected to be overall, cold this winter. Northwestern and Northern Ontario are expected to parallel the frigid air likewise to the Prairies. With the set-up of the storm track this winter, we expect more rounds of Colorado and Texas lows to infiltrate the Great Lakes and Southern Quebec for the first time in what has seemed to be a number of years.
The cold air from Manitoba and Saskatchewan will provide flourishing variables to allow a well-above and significantly active lake-effect season in an NW to W flow. Preliminary indications represent a repeat of December 2010 across the region.

Quebec is expected to receive above-normal snowfall this year as several storms track through the interior NE of the USA this year. Temperatures will become vastly more frigid through Northern regions of the province.


Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador
While the Maritimes and NL are expected to be active this year, it is expected at times, slightly milder air will target the regions, therefore, not all systems this year will be snow-makers. The regions will certainly be stormy this year, but several storms may end up more of a ‘wintry-mix’, rather than snowstorms. Temperatures will be slightly more moderated at times, although at times, cold bouts are certainly likely.

Territories
The Yukon is expected to receive slight benefits from Pacific air and a slight ridge at times over Western Canada/Western USA, providing relief at times relative to the typical winter in the region. Conversely, NWT and Nunavut are expected to receive normal precipitation


– TCW

Alberta

Snowflakes Fly in Alberta Wednesday Morning



Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warnings and Special Weather Statements across Central Alberta Wednesday. 

A cold front decended on the province Tuesday into Wednesday morning, sending temperatures near or below the freezing mark.


An area stretching from Slave Lake to Jasper included in Environment Canada’s snowfall warning, which may see 10-15cm of snow. 

Edmonton was awaken to temperatures near the freezing mark. Barrhead saw temperatures drop below-zero with accumulating snow.

 Several wet centimetres can be expected across the region, draped in Special Weather Statements.

https://twitter.com/_shewanders/status/1039881424558481408?s=21
As you can see clearly, there are mixed feelings about the early snowfall shared by this social media user.

Edmonton will not escape the early taste of winter, with a couple wet centimetres possible. Even Calgary, could experience a few wet flakes Wednesday.   



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Environment Canada Issues Frost Advisories in the Prairies

Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for much of Southern Saskatchewan and Central Alberta. 

Damage to sensitive crops is possible tonight.

SASKATCHEWAN:

Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

A ridge of high pressure building over the prairies will bring clear skies and cold overnight lows to Saskatchewan Tuesday night. Overnight lows are expected to be between 0 and -3 Celsius by Wednesday morning.

Special Weather Statement for Saskatchewan

ALBERTA:

Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Overnight lows are expected to reach near the freezing mark. Frost is possible overnight.

Take preventative measures to protect frost-sensitive plants and trees.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Special Weather Statement for Alberta

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Tornado & Damaging Hail Threatens the Edmonton Region

A potent severe weather setup is expected today (July 20th 2018) in the Western Prairies. 

Thunderstorm risk map for today. The highest severe threat is highlighted in red – which includes Edmonton in a risk for tennis-ball sized hail and an isolated tornado. 

Environment Canada Discussion (PASPC):

ALBERTA 

A low pressure system developing in Alberta with an associated trough swinging through west-central Saskatchewan in the afternoon will trigger scattered severe thunderstorms. The main threat with these storms will be large hail. In the northwest section, there is a potential for supercells to develop with the potential of producing a tornado. The severe potential will last into the evening but thunderstorms are expected to persist into the overnight.

SASKATCHEWAN 

A low pressure system developing in Alberta with an associated trough swinging through west-central Saskatchewan in the afternoon will trigger scattered severe thunderstorms. The main threat with these storms will be large hail. In the northwest section, there is a potential for supercells to develop with the potential of producing a tornado. The severe potential will last into the evening but thunderstorms are expected to persist into the overnight.

Environment Canada’s Thunderstorm Outlook for today July, 20th 2018. Highlighting an extreme risk for severe thunderstorms in the Capital Region.

TECHNICAL DISCUSSION

A low pressure system will form south of Edmonton today with an associated cold front extending southward along the northern foothills and warm front through east-central Alberta and into Saskatchewan. Severe thunderstorms will trigger along the cold front early in the afternoon. They will likely be isolated in nature at first, before becoming a severe line of thunderstorms. The warm front will track through the area in the morning followed by a trough in the afternoon. Severe thunderstorms are expected to trigger along the trough in the afternoon. There is the potential for the right conditions to align near and to the east of Edmonton for a tornado to form, with the potential extending into west-central Saskatchewan, albeit, less likely than the risk in Alberta. MLCAPE values are between 1500 to 2200 J/kg with 0-6 km shear values around 30 kt with values up to 40 kt in and around the Capital region in Alberta. RDPS prog tephis are indicating idealized veering hodographs, conducive to tornado development, however, tornado formation in this area will be highly dependent on a few factors: There is the potential that the low level shear will be too much for the marginal CAPE in some areas, essentially shearing the storms apart. As well, on the Saskatchewan side, LCLs are progged to be around 1500 – 2000 m, which is a little high for tornado development, whereas, on the Alberta side, LCLs are progged to be 1000 m, which is more favourable for the formation of tornadoes. In addition, models are indicating the formation of a dryline that will bulge out into the southwestern corner of the Lloydminster region which may also be an area to watch for a tornado to develop in the later afternoon hours.

*Please note this maps and discussions are currently experimental and are not currently operational on Environment Canada’s website. 

Please closely monitor Environment Canada alerts today. Take any warnings seriously and seek shelter immediately. 

We will be monitoring the situation attentively.