Snowy Easter Weekend for West-Central Alberta

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Even though it is already springtime, winter is just too stubborn and won’t leave Alberta alone! Environment Canada has already issued snowfall warning for Thursday night in parts of western and central Alberta.

There will be heavy snow into the Grande Cache region starting with early Thursday evening, and then it will spread toward Red Deer by Friday morning, according to the national weather agency.

Snow and Low Temperatures on Easter

Areas Northwest of Calgary could get up to 20 centimeters of snow. Friday there will be low temperatures and 60% of flurries at night. The snow should stop on Saturday, but they might come back next week. Easter Sunday will come with flurries and a high temperature of -3 degrees Celsius.

“Spring is certainly on hold,” said a meteorologist at Environment Canada, Amanda Prysizney, when she mentioned this weekend’s forecast.

Weather Warnings

For now, the national weather agency has issued the warnings for these regions:

Whitecourt, Edson, Fox; Creek, Swan Hills; Hinton, Grande Cache; Jasper National Park; Nordegg, Forestry Trunk Road Highway 734; Rocky Mountain House, Caroline; Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake; Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler.

There are also special weather statements for southern Alberta, including these areas:

Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre; Banff National Park; Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes Nat. Park; Kananaskis, Canmore.

Environment Canada stated that they might need to extend snowfall warnings to southwestern Alberta after they get clear information on the time and location of heaviest snowfalls. However, those areas will expect a decrease in snow on Saturday morning.

Normally, for this period of the year, the average high temperature would be around 7 degrees Celsius. Last year’s Easter Sunday was indeed a few days later (- April 16) than this years’ Easter, but it was a sunny day with almost 17 degrees Celsius. Last year’s high temperature on Friday was 11.6 degrees Celsius.

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Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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