Environment Canada has issued a snow squall watch for the Calgary area as southern Alberta is bracing for snow up to 15 centimetres in the mountains. Other parts of the province from Waterton Lakes up to Grande Prairie can expect up to 10 centimetres of snow.
Environment Canada says snow squalls may develop late this morning and into this afternoon along an intense cold front moving southward across southern Alberta. This cold front is expected to produce brief periods of intense snowfall and reduced visibilities.
Snow squall watches are issues for Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Brooks, Strathmore, Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Vulcan, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Hanna,Coronation, Oyen, Lethbridge,Taber, Milk River, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, and Suffield.
The agency said in an alert, “Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common.”
“The risk of snow squalls will diminish on Friday evening as the cold front moves southward into Montana.”
Snowfall warnings are in effect for Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Crowsnest Pass, Hinton, Grande Cache and Grande Prairie.
Wind warnings have been issued for several areas from Kananaskis down to the Waterton National Park and to Cypress Hills Provincial Park.