Fall has only just begun but there's already the chance of heavy snow in some parts of the country. A possibly historic fall snowstorm in Alberta and Saskatchewan is on the way. The storm could dump upwards of 30 centimetres is southern parts of the provinces over the last weekend of September.
The Weather Network is forecasting a significant storm that could bring heavy snowfall to parts of the Prairies. The storm is expected to begin on Friday and last through to Monday morning making for a messy weekend.
Because of the huge amount of snow that is expected, this storm has the potential to be historic and The Weather Network is keeping an on eye on the system.
"This may be the most snow you see through the fall, and even the winter months through this season ahead," said meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.
Environment Canada has issued winter storm watches for the southwestern part of Alberta because of the anticipated weather event. These could be upgraded to warnings as the system progresses.
The snow is expected to fall continuously for a long time over the weekend and even though there is the potential for melting because of warm ground temperatures, Environment Canada is still warning about the potential accumulation amounts that could reach more than 60 centimetres in some areas.
While snow during the fall isn't uncommon, the amount of snow that could come down during this weather event is what could make it a historic snowfall.
The September snow record for Calgary is 22.9 centimetres in 1895 and for Swift Current is 20.7 centimetres in 1985. Both could see records broken along with other places in the south.
"It's time to change your travel plans across Alberta and Saskatchewan," said Hamilton.
Environment Canada is also warning about travel during the snowstorm because of reduced visibility while driving and icy and slippery roads.
Though snow looks pretty, it can often be dangerous. Environment Canada is reminding people that with such a heavy snowfall, tree branches could potentially break and cause damage.
Public Safety Canada is also asking people to stay safe and prepare an emergency plan just in case and get an emergency kit. Those kits should have drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.
As the weather is constantly changing, be sure to keep up with your local forecast to stay up to date on this storm.