April 25, 2014 4:05 pm

More spring snow in store for Jasper and Banff National Parks

Highway 93 in Banff National Park; File photo

Global News

EDMONTON – Skiers and snowboarders can rejoice, as Alberta’s mountain parks are expecting a fresh infusion of snow.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning Friday morning for heavy snowfall for Jasper and Banff National Parks. More than 10 centimetres is forecast to fall by Saturday morning.

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“A warm front is pushing in from the west coast,” explains Nicola Crosbie, Global Edmonton‘s chief meteorologist. “And it collides with the cooler airmass in place over the mountains. With temperatures at or below zero, and this amount of moisture, the ski hills should look a lot more white.”

Southern Alberta, including Calgary, Airdrie and Lethbridge are also under a ‘Special Weather Statement‘ for heavy wet snow. This same system brings a mix of rain and snow to the south through Saturday.

READ MORE: Calgary weather: Wet snow on the way

“Luckily the Edmonton area has some warmer air in place,” Crosbie says.

“We are also on the northern edge of the system, so it looks like rain for us starting late Saturday and Sunday morning. However during these shoulder seasons, it’s important to be prepared for rain changing to snow. One degree in temperature can make all the difference.”

Watch Crosbie’s full forecast below:

Crosbie adds that temperatures are forecast to head into the high teens and low twenties by the start of May on Thursday.

Marmot Basin is open until May 4 in Jasper National Park, while Sunshine Village in Banff National Park is open until May 19.

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