People in western Canada are in for a rude awakening today. Residents in parts of BC and Alberta are going to wake up to snow on the ground and even more in the coming days.
Environment Canada has issued a number of special weather statements and severe snowfall warnings for parts of BC and Alberta, including Jasper, Calgary, Chilcotin, and Caribou, where they could get over 30 centimetres of snow.
Even though it is officially fall in Canada and only the start of October, according to the warnings, these areas are going to see around 10 centimetres of snowfall today. Another 15 centimetres are expected to fall overnight and into Tuesday morning.
Calgary has been spared from the snowfall warnings, but there is a special weather statement in effect in the city due to the chance of heavy snow in the area. As for Vancouver, the city is also spared from the snow, but there's a rainfall warning in place currently.
While snowfall this early in the season seems tragic to most of us, chilly temperatures are pretty typical for Canada in the fall. On average, the temperature in Vancouver and Calgary hovers around 10°C during the day but gets much colder at night time.
That being said, it is particularly cold in these areas today, especially in Calgary, where people are enduring freezing temperatures of -2°C. To make matters worse. it's not supposed to warm up in Alberta until mid-October when the temperature will finally climb back above 10°C.
People in areas affected by the snowfall warnings are being told to exercise extra caution out there, especially behind the wheel, since snow can cause very dangerous road conditions.
To see the complete list of current weather warnings in Canada, click here.