Potentially destructive winds, heavy alpine snow whip through Alberta

With B.C. getting the brunt of the rain from an intense atmospheric river, Alberta is getting some spillover from the ample moisture associated with it. Tuesday saw the development of fierce, potentially damaging, downsloping winds in southern areas of the province, as well has heavy snow for the higher elevations, prompting wind and winter storm warnings, respectively. The snow and wind will hang on Wednesday, though will gradually subside as the day wears on. Powerful wind gusts exceeding 120 km/h will be possible for some areas through Wednesday morning, and communities adjacent to Highway 93 could be on the receiving end of 50 cm of snow by Thursday morning. More on what to expect and when, below.

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WEDNESDAY: WINDS EASE, MOUNTAIN SNOW RELAXES, ANOTHER SYSTEM TARGETS NORTH

As the atmospheric river continues to batter British Columbia with heavy rain Wednesday, moisture affiliated with it will continue to manifest as snow and intense wind gusts for Alberta during the day.

By Wednesday afternoon, the mountain snows begin to slow down, but they will persist through the overnight into Thursday morning.

Potentially destructive winds, heavy alpine snow whip through Alberta
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Another system developing on the northern Prairies will bring a quick shot of snow to northern sections of Alberta on Wednesday, eventually stretching down into Saskatchewan and Alberta.

At this point it doesn’t look like substantial snow for any major population centres, perhaps a few cm for Calgary, but significant accumulations are expected along Highway 22 — from north of Cochrane to Rocky Mountain House then west to Nordegg.

But a blanket of 10-20 cm of snow is likely across northern sections of he province, including Fort McMurray. Meanwhile, some areas along and near Highway 93 could wind up with 50 cm of snow.

As well, strongest winds will peak Tuesday overnight, but will remain powerful through Wednesday morning, then winding down in the evening. Potentially damaging gusts exceeding 120 km/h are possible along the foothills as a result of the downslope.

Potentially destructive winds, heavy alpine snow whip through Alberta
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Temperatures will remain very mild for southern Alberta again Wednesday — with double-digit daytime highs for Calgary ahead of the cold front.

LOOKING AHEAD: MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK

We could see several more systems across the Prairies through next week, including a chance for snow on the southern Prairies this weekend and another system possible early next week.

As well, after a warm start to the week, colder weather will press south into Alberta for the end of the week and weekend.

Potentially destructive winds, heavy alpine snow whip through Alberta
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Changeable temperatures will surface next week.

Check back for the latest on hazardous weather conditions across Alberta.

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