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Alberta

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

Alberta

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
**Click map to make it zoomable.
Alberta

[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.

Manitoba

More Snow to End the Work Week Across the…

A weak system stateside brings another round of snow for Southeastern Saskatchewan and Southwestern Manitoba Friday.

Wet snow and mixing will begin overnight tonight along the international border. Conditions will quickly deteriorate with accumulating snow beginning early Friday morning.

Weather Model depiction shows light to moderate snowfall at 6am, Friday morning.

Light to moderate snowfall will continue into the the afternoon.

Weather model depiction showing wet snowfall continuing into the afternoon.

Snowfall accumulations between 5-15cm is expected. Winnipeg will be on the mixing line between rain and wet snow by the afternoon. 2-4cm is possible.

UPDATE: the 4-8cm swath may encompass municipalities further North and East in Manitoba. With warmer temperatures, actual ground accumulation will lead to trace amounts.

Projected snowfall totals through Friday.

Prepare for an extended commute and winter travel conditions Friday. 

Manitoba

Early Fall Snowfall Strikes Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Tricky driving associated with an early taste of winter across Southern Saskatchewan & Southern Manitoba.

Snow begins today in Saskatchewan and Southwestern Manitoba, persisting into Wednesday across Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

SYNOPSIS:

A boundary separating cold and warm air will descend Southwards across Southern Saskatchewan & Southern Manitoba through Tuesday allowing temperatures to dip near the freezing mark. A drop in temperatures near freezing or just below is expected along a narrow band of light-moderate snow developing across the Southern Prairies. Concurrently, an area of low pressure will strengthen through Wednesday, as it tracks out of Montana into the Dakotas. 

A narrow band of snowfall situated across Western Saskatchewan will increase in coverage and intensity throughout the evening, spreading across all of Southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba tonight. Continuing across a narrow corridor of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Wednesday.

This will be wet snow event for southwestern Manitoba (including Brandon). Light tree damage due to heavy-wet snow is possible Wednesday. 

EXPECTED ACCUMULATIONS:

5-15cm is expected across a narrow swath from Extreme Southern Saskatchewan through Southern Manitoba.

Winnipeg will see a cold rain, changing over to wet snow. Timing of the changeover to wet snow is leading to uncertainty, regarding accumulation.

Higher elevation in the Parklands Region, may see higher accumulations near, or exceeding 20cm. Including Riding Mountain National Park and the Dauphin area. 

Alberta

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

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

Alberta

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. 

Manitoba

Heavy Thunderstorms Expected in Southeastern Prairies

Widespread heavy to severe thunderstorms likely late this evening – continuing into the overnight hours in Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan. 

 

A stationary front this afternoon in Northern Dakota will separate warm, moist air south of the international border, with warm, drier air in Southern Manitoba. Along this front, there is a risk of isolated severe storms in North Dakota this afternoon – staying stateside. 

A deepening system out of Rockies will trigger severe thunderstorms stateside and a second, more significant/widespread risk of thunderstorms this evening/overnight.

Environment Canada (PASPC) Thunderstorm Outlook. Valid 12pm Thursday to 6am Friday. Highlighting the risk for severe thunderstorms. Note: these forecast maps are still experimental and are not currently operational on Environment Canadas website. 

A second wave which is forecast to develop late in the day, stateside, is the one we are watching closely. Moist and unstable air creeps across the border into Southeastern Saskatchewan and Southern Manitoba this evening. The northern extent of the second wave is expected to cross the international border into Southeast Saskatchewan and Southern Manitoba sometime around midnight. 

There is still some uncertainty regarding evolution and timing of this convective complex. Such complexes also known as MCSs or MCCs – Mesoscale Convective Complex; are notorious for producing intense frequent lightning, flash flooding, and damaging to destructive winds. Large hail is also a possibility, during the initial storm development.

The risk moves out of Southeastern Manitoba into Northwestern Ontario pre-dawn Friday into Friday morning.

We will be monitoring the situation attentively into this evening and overnight. 

Alberta

[UPDATED] Severe Thunderstorms Possible in the Prairies

Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible today (Monday June 25th, 2018) and tomorrow (Tuesday June 26th, 2018) in the Prairies.

MONDAY:
A cold front will act as a trigger for severe thunderstorms today in Alberta.

The greatest risk for severe will center itself north of highway 43 and along and west of highway 63. Much of the severe activity looks to be staying south of Fort McMurray.

Environment Canada (PASPC) has placed this region in a “severe” risk on their map. Highlighting the risk for 3-6cm hail. Other threats include damaging winds in excess of 90km/h, and frequent lightning.

Environment Canada forecast map for today – highlighting the severe risk in Alberta. Please note: these maps are still in the experimental stage and are not currently operational.

TUESDAY:
A disturbance and associated cold front will move Eastwards out of Alberta tonight into Saskatchewan. The disturbance is expected to deepen as it centres itself over Central Saskatchewan Tuesday Afternoon.

The cold front will act as a trigger for thunderstorms in Eastern Saskatchewan and Southwestern Manitoba between 2pm and 8pm – West to East.

Some of these storms could turn severe with frequent lightning, large hail, torrential rainfall and strong winds.

Environment Canadas Convective Discussion for Tuesday, June 26th.