Upwards of 20 centimetres of snow is possible in parts of the Capital Region by Tuesday morning.
Snowfall warnings and special weather statements were issued for parts of central Alberta early Monday morning.
Just before 10:50 a.m., the special weather statements for central Alberta were all upgraded to snowfall warnings.
Heavy snow is expected to start falling Monday evening in the Edmonton area, with 10 to 20 centimetres possible in Edmonton and many regions in central Alberta by Tuesday morning, according to Environment Canada.
“A moisture-rich weather system will move across the province tonight,” according to the federal weather agency.
“A low pressure system is forecast to develop in southern Alberta this evening and track eastward into Saskatchewan overnight. This system will bring heavy snow to central Alberta starting this evening and will end Tuesday morning.
“Spring is on hold, and central Albertans are encouraged to remain home.”
Snowfall warnings were in place for Edmonton and surrounding areas, stretching west to Rocky Mountain House, south to Red Deer, north to Slave Lake and east to the Saskatchewan border.
The areas under snowfall warnings could see anywhere between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow by Tuesday morning, Environment Canada said.
“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” read the warning.
Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected.
Temperatures are also expected to be well below normal this week.
Global Edmonton weather specialist Mike Sobel was calling for a high of -5 C in Edmonton Monday. The city is forecast to reach highs of -7 C, -11 C and -10 C on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The normal high for Edmonton this time of year is 7 C, according to Sobel.
For updated information on the weather warnings in Alberta, visit Environment Canada’s website.
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