Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to gift Alberta with a fall season this year and is skipping right to winter. Starting this weekend, temperatures are expected to sharply drop across Canada. Alberta power outages will hit parts of the province in full force this weekend. Western Canada will be hardest hit where at least 30 cm of snow is expected to blanket several parts of the country. 

This sudden blast of wintry weather is expected to start this weekend on Saturday, September 28 and continue well into next week. The Weather Network's meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham predicts that this expected drop in temperature, coupled with heavy snow, will cause major disruptions to the fall harvest across different parts of Western Canada.

The reason for these plummeting temperatures according to experts is because of a low-pressure system over the Northern Prairies that has been rapidly strengthening over the past few days as it moves towards Hudson Bay. 

This coupled with frigid arctic air being pumped down into Alberta means that Albertans will need to bring out their toques and thick mittens way earlier this year. 

The heavy snowfall is likely to continue throughout Saturday, September 28 and into and September 29 Sunday, with Monday seeing the up to 30 cm of snow in some of the hardest-hit areas. 

Pincher Creek in Alberta is expected to even exceed 30 cm of snow by the end of the weekend, while parts of southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan are predicted to see 10 to 20 cm of snow. 

The early weather means that trees haven’t fully shed their leaves, making the sudden substantial accumulations of wet snow a danger hazard to power lines by causing tree damage. 

The Weather Network predicts power outages and major damage to fall crops and harvesting because of this unexpected wintry spell. 

Here are some things you can do this weekend in Calgary if you want to have fun, keep warm and stuff yourself with copious amounts of fried chicken at the same time. 

Narcity has reached out to The Weather Network for comment but were unable to provide a response by publication time.

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