Calgary gets dusting of snow as snowfall warnings end for Banff, Jasper national parks
Environment Canada's weather alert for the mountain region ended shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Parts of Calgary got a light dusting of snow late Thursday evening as the weather system that's been moving through Western Canada over the last two days reached southern Alberta.
Environment Canada had issued snowfall warnings for the mountain parks, but those warnings ended at about 3:30 p.m.
Ten to 15 centimetres of snow was expected to fall by afternoon or evening, the weather authority said.
Both the townsites of Banff and Jasper were forecast to see some of the white stuff, but most of it fell in higher elevations.
Banff got 4 cm of snow, but 10 cm fell in Exshaw and 7 cm in Kananaskis, the agency said.
"A lot of it melts as it hits the ground so it's kind of picturesque, I think, for this time of year," Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak said. "And it's not entirely unusual, though we don't get this type of weather every single year."
Environment Canada said Icefields Parkway, or Highway 93, in particular was likely to see snow causing problems for travellers. Conditions can deteriorate quickly, the weather authority warned, and snow may reduce visibility suddenly and dramatically at times.
Snow fell west and north of Calgary, as well, toward Red Deer. A few snowflakes were floating around at the Calgary International Airport but nothing significant, Kulak said.
Webcams in the mountains show the area had already gotten a dusting ahead of Thursday's expected weather.
At about 9 a.m., it was –2 C in both Banff and Jasper. Temperatures may drop to –1 C in Banff and –5 C in Jasper overnight.
Canmore is expected to see up to four centimetres of snow, as well, and a high of 3 C.
Leslie Lewis said on Twitter her backyard is already white.
Highway 1 near Deadman's Flats, leading into the mountains, was also snowy in the morning. Canmore Fire Rescue warned on Twitter that parts of the highway, especially over bridges, were ice-covered in spots.
Northwest Calgary and parts of west-central Alberta also saw a dusting of snow on Wednesday, though it was too little to be measured.
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For Thursday, Environment Canada says the city has a 60 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries during the day and a 30 per cent chance of flurries in the evening. Temperatures may reach a high of 4 C in Calgary and drop to 0 C overnight.
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Weather in southern Alberta and the mountain communities is expected to improve over the coming days. Temperatures are predicted to warm to above freezing.
"Today's the last day of the really cold weather," Kulak said.
Expect temperatures in the single digits over the next several days. Typically the average temperature for this time of year is closer to 17 C, he said.
The coldest temperature measured in the province Thursday morning was at the Nakiska Ridgetop Weather Station in Kananaskis, where it was –5.6 C.
"At least after we get out of today, the threat or possibility of snow is probably going to be gone for the next little while," Kulak said.
The weekend's forecast shows some rain but no more snow.
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With files from Elizabeth Snaddon.