Get ready, Edmonton: more snow, cold temperatures on the way

Watch above: Edmonton was on a good run when it came to weather this year, until Saturday. And as Eric Szeto discovered, even those living in a winter city weren’t ready for the harsh weather.

EDMONTON — After weeks of a nearly snow-free fall, it’s time to pull out the scarves, mitts and, yes, shovels.

Several freezing rain and snowfall warnings were put in place for parts of central and western Alberta Saturday morning. As of 6:45 p.m. Edmonton was not included in any of the warnings.

Upwards of five centimetres of snow is in the forecast for the Capital Region this weekend. And don’t expect it to melt anytime soon because the temperatures will plummet into next week.

“An Arctic airmass will move towards the region on Saturday, ending our streak of warm, record-breaking temperatures,” said Global Edmonton’s chief meteorologist, Nicola Crosbie.

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Leduc RCMP warned of slippery conditions on the QEII south of Edmonton Saturday morning.

“The road surface has developed a layer of ice making the highway extremely icy. Posted highway speeds are dangerous at this time and motorists must slow their speeds and adjust reaction times,” said RCMP.

Valleyview RCMP said Saturday afternoon Highway 43 from Little Smoky to Debolt was also in poor condition, with ice and snow covering the roadway.

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The majority of the snow is expected to fall in the Capital Region overnight Saturday and into Sunday.

“A warm front pushed in from the west coast, followed closely by the cold front. Both of these systems provide the moisture and the lift for this snow event.”

Crosbie says low pressure from remnants of Typhoon Nuri are partially responsible for the wintry blast.

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A high of -8°C is expected for Sunday. Once the snow clears off, Crosbie says the temperatures will take a dive Monday and Tuesday.

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“Temperatures will continue to drop until Thursday morning when we bottom out at about -19°C,” said Crosbie.

How are you welcoming, or accepting, the snow?

Watch below: Nicola Crosbie’s seven-day weather forecast

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