Wednesday, 30 November 2011 07:31

Wednesday's weather is pure ugliness

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Winter is here. If it isn't yet, it will be hitting with a vengeance very soon. Weather warnings are in effect for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Highway conditions are already bad, including Swift Current which doesn't have a weather warning issued yet. Highways around Brooks and Bassano are considered poor. Milk River RCMP is advising that travel on Highway 4 of Lethbridge to the Coutts border is not recommended. There is blowing snow, high winds and icy patches are making dangerous driving conditions. If you have to travel please drive slow and exercise caution. As well, the Lethbridge RCMP & Sheriff Integrated Traffic Unit(ITU) wish to advise the motoring public of the winter storm passing through  Southern Alberta (see Environment Canada website).  Roads are currently snow and ice covered with blowing snow and are expected to deteriorate further before improving. If travel is necessary, motorists are encouraged to slow down, wear seatbelts, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination and to check road conditions through web sites such as AMA.

For more check out highway conditions here:

Environment Canada warnings as of 7:30 MT
Medicine Hat - Bow Island - Suffield
4:38 AM MST Wednesday 30 November 2011
Blowing snow warning for
Medicine Hat - Bow Island - Suffield continued

Blowing snow reducing visibility to less than 1 km Wednesday morning.
A low pressure system over Southern Alberta with a trough extending northwards towards Grande Cache has brought significant snowfall to parts of west Central Alberta overnight. The system will intensify this morning and then move rapidly southeastward out of the province. The trough extending back along the foothills will continue to generate significant snowfall along the southern foothills and over portions of Southern Alberta today with 10 to 15 cm or more expected. In addition a high building in from the west will combine with the low to produce strong northerly winds which will reduce visibility in blowing snow in many areas.

Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills
4:43 AM CST Wednesday 30 November 2011
Winter storm warning for
Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills continued

Snow and blowing snow this morning.
This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions...Listen for updated statements.

A strong disturbance moving across Southern Alberta has spread an area of snow and even freezing rain into Extreme Southwestern Saskatchewan overnight. The area of freezing rain has moved into Montana by morning and as temperatures slowly fell down below the freezing mark precipitation changed to snow. Snow will continue to fall and will be heavy at times..Especially over the higher elevation of the Cypress Hills..With total amounts 10 to 15 cm expected by mid afternoon. In addition..Northerly winds will strengthen later this morning..Resulting in poor visibility in blowing snow. Conditions should improve by the middle of the afternoon as the storm moves into the northern plains states.

Snow is also forecast in much of Southwestern Saskatchewan today..Generally south of the Yellowhead Highway..However the worst conditions are expected in the Cypress Hills area.

This winter storm can produce poor travelling conditions. Persons in or near these areas should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and listen for updated warnings.

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