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Edmonton-area hit with snowfall; residents vent on social media

WATCH ABOVE: What a difference 48 hours can make. Laurel Gregory has more on the season’s first snowfall.

EDMONTON – Edmontonians woke up to an unwanted surprise Monday morning.

A mix of freezing rain and snow fell on the city, with the temperature dropping near the freezing mark.

Social media users used Twitter to express their frustration with the early September snowfall.

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The high was anticipated to reach five degrees celsius on Monday.

The average for this time of the year in Edmonton is 19 degrees celsius.

READ MORE: Snow in September? It’s not unheard of for Albertans

The situation was worse outside of Edmonton. Some of the areas of the province were expected to be hit by 5-10 centimetres of snow.

Many people living west of Stony Plain experienced power outages Monday morning. Fortis Alberta says about 790 rural customers were without power between 9:15 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. The company says wet snow was a factor in the outage.

Global News Meteorologist Nicola Crosbie said the mix of snow and rain was the result of a cold front that rolled through the area.

“The rain can drag down cold air from the mid-levels, and that’s what happened Monday,” explained Crosbie.

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“Cold air was brought to the surface causing the temperatures to drop from four to zero degrees celsius. This process keeps snow falling all the way to the ground.”

There is good news on the horizon. The temperature is supposed to climb significantly throughout the next several days, reaching a high of 22 on Sunday.

Snow in Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in the Capital Region Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
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Edmonton was hit with its first snowfall of the season, Monday, September 8, 2014.
Edmonton was hit with its first snowfall of the season, Monday, September 8, 2014. Paul Rampersaud, Global News
Edmonton was hit with its first snowfall of the season, Monday, September 8, 2014.
Edmonton was hit with its first snowfall of the season, Monday, September 8, 2014. Paul Rampersaud, Global News
Edmonton was hit with its first snowfall of the season, Monday, September 8, 2014.
Edmonton was hit with its first snowfall of the season, Monday, September 8, 2014. Paul Rampersaud, Global News
Strathcona County is one of many communities in Alberta that deal with an early snowfall, Monday, September 8, 2014.
Strathcona County is one of many communities in Alberta that deal with an early snowfall, Monday, September 8, 2014. Sara Mulvihill, Global News
Strathcona County is one of many communities in Alberta that deal with an early snowfall, Monday, September 8, 2014.
Strathcona County is one of many communities in Alberta that deal with an early snowfall, Monday, September 8, 2014. Sara Mulvihill, Global News
A pair of horses in Strathcona County dealing with a cold and snowy September morning, Monday, September 8, 2014.
A pair of horses in Strathcona County dealing with a cold and snowy September morning, Monday, September 8, 2014. Sara Mulvihill , Global News
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The face says it all. Global Edmonton Sportscaster Quinn Phillips not happy with the  early snowfall.
The face says it all. Global Edmonton Sportscaster Quinn Phillips not happy with the early snowfall. Charles Taylor, Global News
Snow in Fox Creek, Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in Fox Creek, Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in Fox Creek, Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in Fox Creek, Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News
Snow in Edson, Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014.
Snow in Edson, Alberta Monday, September 8, 2014. Supplied, Global News