White Easter expected as storm approaches Calgary
Environment Canada warning of potential for heavy snowfall Friday
After a long winter, southern Albertans will likely face a 'white Easter' this weekend as a storm moves from the mountains into the Foothills.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Friday to warn about the potential for heavy snowfall in the City of Calgary and surrounding areas.
A developing low pressure system is producing precipitation over areas of southern Alberta with temperatures near or slightly above zero, that is expected to fall a wet snow at first.
While the wet snow will initially melt, with time and increased intensity it is expected to accumulate.
Some areas around the Foothills could see 10 centimetres in all.
The snowfall is expected to end Friday night as the system heads into Saskatchewan.
Southern Albertans are being warned to use extra caution and monitor weather conditions if travelling Friday.
The communities of Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Okotoks, High River and Claresholm are under the same special weather statement.
Banff National Park, Kananaskis and Canmore are under a snowfall warning, with 10 to 20 centimetres expected.
The highest snowfall amounts are expected to be around the Icefields Parkway.
Drivers should be aware of the changing road conditions and be prepared for visibility to be suddenly reduced in times of heavy snow.