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Winter storm, snowfall warnings issued for parts of southwestern Alberta

WATCH: A blast of September snow is in the forecast for southern Alberta as a moisture-packed Colorado low mixes with cold Arctic air. Global News meteorologist Tiffany Lizée explains.

UPDATE: On Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Calgary and said there would be heavy snow moving into the city on Sunday. For the latest information on weather alerts in Calgary and across Alberta, click here.

Albertans are being warned as much as 70 centimetres of snow could fall this coming weekend after Environment Canada issued several snowfall and winter storm warnings on Friday afternoon.

Snowfall warnings were issued for:

  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park – Foremost
  • Lethbridge – Taber – Milk River

Winter storm warnings were issued for:

  • Cardston – Fort McLeod – Magrath
  • Crowsnest Pass – Pincher Creek – Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Kananaskis – Canmore
  • Okotoks – High River – Claresholm
According to the warnings, “snowfall is expected to intensify over southwestern Alberta [overnight].”
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“Most regions will see significant amounts of snowfall. Total accumulations will approach 40 to 50 cm by Monday morning with some localities reaching 70 cm,” Environment Canada said.

READ MORE: Fall just started, but winter moves into Alberta this weekend

Southern Alberta sees early snowfall
Southern Alberta sees early snowfall

“The snowfall will taper off during the day Monday when the snow moves into Saskatchewan.”

The weather agency said residents in the areas should be prepared for potential power outages due to wet, heavy snow.

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Tell us how you really feel about the snow… Global News

It also advised travel will be difficult as the snow is expected to accumulate quickly.

“Road closures are possible. Heavy snowfall accumulation may cause tree branches to break,” Environment Canada said.

WATCH: Alberta man takes advantage of snow on board snowmobile

Alberta man takes advantage of snow on board snowmobile
Alberta man takes advantage of snow on board snowmobile

Officials recommended postponing non-essential travel and to “prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.”

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READ MORE: Winter storm set to hit Lethbridge and surrounding areas

Nearly the entire province was under some kind of weather statement as of 4:30 p.m. Friday, including frost advisories and special weather statements.

People are also encouraged to come up with an emergency plan and get an emergency kit that contains food, water, medicine, a first-aid kit and flashlight.

WATCH: Officials with the City of Calgary’s roads department say they are ready for the snow expected to fall the Sept. 27 weekend. Doug Vaessen has details.

City of Calgary is ready for the September snow
City of Calgary is ready for the September snow

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