Summer officially kicks off tomorrow – but that doesn't mean that the nice, hot weather typically associated with summer is coming, at least not to some parts of Canada. Even though winter technically ended several months ago, wintery, snowy weather hasn't stopped reigning down in a number of regions in the country. The Alberta weather forecast shows snowfall of up to 10 cm by the first day of summer. Is summer cancelled?
It's already been snowing in several provinces in June. While spring snow was already unusual, summer snow is even more bizarre.
Yesterday on Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Jasper National Park in Alberta, forecasting up to 10 cm of snow. Now, they are extending their warning, and even adding a new region.
Environment Canada's snowfall warnings are now effective for the Jasper National Park region and the Banff National Park region, which is near Calgary.
"Snowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected," reads the weather warning from Environment Canada. "Snow developed last night and will continue today and tonight over portions of Highway 93. Snowfall amounts of 10 cm are expected for the Icefield Parkway before snow tapers off Friday morning."
Environment Canada is also advising drivers to be cautious on the road if visibility becomes poor. "Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance," reads the weather warning.
Not only did parts of Alberta see snowfall this week, but areas in BC did too. There are even photos for proof, and they're something you have to see to believe.
In addition to the dreary snowfall warnings, significant rainfall is expected to hit other parts of Alberta. Several rainfall warnings have been announced throughout the province. As if getting snowfall wasn't enough.
Hinton, Canmore, Nordegg, Caroline, Whitecourt, Edson, Fox Creek and Swan Hills can all expect to see significant accumulations of heavy rainfall. For more details, you can read all the warnings in detail on Environment Canada.
Summer is officially starting tomorrow on June 21. Here's hoping the weather in your region reflects the changing of the season. If you're in Alberta, hold on tight, the winter weather won't last forever.