Winter certainly feels like it is coming in some parts of Canada this weekend, as residents of Alberta have been taking to social media to share photos and videos of the thick white snow falling around them. Although September snow isn’t completely uncommon in this part of the country, The Weather Network is predicting that parts of the Prairies are about to see some pretty intense snowstorms this weekend!
It’s looking like it will be a snowy weekend ahead for parts of the western Prairies, especially in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, as blizzard-like conditions have the potential to break the area’s September records.
Winter storm warnings are already in effect for the southern foothills, with The Weather Network reporting that snowfall warnings will stretch across southern Alberta through to the Saskatchewan border. While not of the snow in these areas will be warning-worthy, there is still a significant amount of snowfall predicted across the region.
By Saturday morning, locals were already taking to social media to share photos and videos of the first snowflakes of the season, with many using the Twitter hashtags #abstorm and #skstorm.
One Calgary Twitter user shared a video with snow so white it almost felt Christmassy! He wrote, "It is starting to come down pretty good now in the NW of Calgary!"
Another shared a similar video from Cardston, adding, "Snow is sticking faster than I thought, and trees limbs are being weighed down very quickly. And still another 48 hours of this..."
Wondering if their September snowfall might break records, some local residents took to Twitter to share pictures of the amount of snow that had fallen in their areas.
One Canadian shared, “Just under 15cm of snow so far in Kananaskis valley and the wind has been blowing, up to 40km gusts.”
Another tweeted, “Dead mans flats Alberta. Snow has started falling again. We had about a 3-4 hour break this morning. I think it’s “game on” with mutha nature."
For those in the highest elevations, snowfall could reach between 50 and 70 cm in southerly areas.
In other parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan there is an expected snowfall of around 15-30 cm, with Calgary potentially hitting the 5-15 cm mark by Monday.