Intense storm to wallop parts of the Prairies with 20-30+ cm of snow

Intense storm to cover parts of the prairie with 20-30 + cm of snow
A Pacific low over B.C. will also be moving to the southern prairies this week, bringing a healthy dose of snow for some areas. This could be the last chance for many to celebrate a white Christmas, as the total amount of snow in Calgary and parts of Manitoba could reach 8 to 10 inches.
The accumulations can even reach 30-50 cm in higher foothills. A difficult journey is likely to be in the hardest hit areas.
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The snowfall begins on Monday noon in southern Alberta and spreads east into Saskatchewan and Manitoba through Tuesday. For a closer look see below.
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:
The impressive low pushes the snow into southern Alberta on Monday afternoon
20-25 cm possible for Calgary; Snow warning in effect
On Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon in Manitoba, snow is spreading in Saskatchewan
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MONDAY / TUESDAY: SNOW SPREADS EAST, TRAVELING CAN HAVE IMPACT
The system on Monday could be the last chance for a white Christmas in parts of the prairie that have little snow cover on the ground. The snow from the Pacific Deep will penetrate the Rocky Mountains on Monday noon and spread eastward to southern areas, including Calgary, in the afternoon.
In areas further north in Alberta, including Edmonton, as well as in the southern areas of Saskatchewan, the snow will enter overnight Monday. In Central Saskatchewan, the snow begins to fall Tuesday morning. The system will then find its way to south Manitoba on Tuesday afternoon, at which point snowfall will begin for Winnipeg.
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The total number of snowfalls varies, with the highest amounts in southern Alberta and Manitoba. Calgary can see 8-25 inches, although areas within the city can see a wide range of collections. Even higher quantities are expected along the higher ground of the foothills. Due to the easterly winds, which could lead to snowfalls of 30 to 50 cm, a certain upward improvement is expected for the above-mentioned region.
West Manitoba could see 20-30 cm of snow, 10-15 cm for Winnipeg, while parts of southern and eastern Saskatchewan could see 10-20 cm.
Winter storm clocks are in effect in Alberta including Calgary. The snow is likely to interfere with driving along the main roads in the southern prairies. Drivers are asked to cancel unnecessary trips.
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"Moderate confidence that this system, despite COVID-19 restrictions, will affect travel on key routes during one of the busiest travel times of the year," says Nadine Hinds-Powell, weather network meteorologist. "There is great interest in a white Christmas opportunity."
The snowfall will ease in Alberta Tuesday evening, Tuesday evening in Saskatchewan, and Wednesday afternoon in Manitoba.
FORECAST: TEMPERATURES DROPS, WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Temperatures will drop in the middle of the week, with very cold daily highs for Manitoba on Christmas Eve. At this point, it looks like Christmas will be above the season in the western and central areas of the prairie.
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While the Prairie Provinces have historically had the best chances of a white Christmas, this year the odds are mixed and depend largely on how much snow a given area already has when the storm trail shifts north.
Make sure to check back as we continue to monitor the weather in your area.
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