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Bundle up Calgary, colder temperatures and snow on its way

A cold and snowy Calgary on December 4, 2013. Global News

CALGARY- Enjoy the milder temperatures Saturday, because you can expect flurries late in the evening and overnight, with risk of freezing rain.

Environment Canada predicts a low of minus four Saturday night and the temperatures will continue to plummet into the week.

An upwards of five to 10 centimetres of snow is in the forecast for Calgary Sunday morning, with temperatures dropping to minus 12 in the afternoon.

If the snow does hit hard, the city says road crews are prepared.

If you’re planning to drive on highways overnight, RCMP are warning drivers to take the proper precautions, should a significant amount of snow fall.

“Before you set out, checking the website for road conditions and if there’s any traffic delays or if there’s any major collisions, those are updated by the RCMP on 511 dot ca. So pre-planning ahead before you set out onto the roads would make your trek a whole heck of a lot easier,” RCMP said.

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The snowfall will continue Monday in Calgary but you can expect the sun to come back out on Remembrance Day with a high of minus 15.

Snowfall Warnings are in place for parts of South & Central Alberta, 10-15cm of snow possible Saturday night into Sunday evening.

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Leduc RCMP warned of slippery conditions on the QEII north of Calgary 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.

Several freezing rain and snowfall warnings were put in place for parts of central and western Alberta Saturday morning.

Kananaskis Country Public Safety Section issued a warning for mountain-goers to pay attention out there. They say there is already enough snow in isolated alpine area to produce small avalanches and that danger will go up with the projected snowfall Saturday night.

“Between 10 and 20cm of new snow is possible by Sunday evening with a significant cooling. There is already enough snow in isolated areas of the alpine to produce small avalanches. Even a small avalanche can have serious consequences,” Kananaskis Country Safety said.

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Much of the province is under snowfall watches and warnings tonight as an arctic blast hits Alberta this weekend.

For a full update on wintery conditions throughout the week, visit Environment Canada.

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