Snow is falling in Calgary and will continue over the next day before temperatures start to plunge on Friday.
“The storm has been hammering B.C. over the past 24 hours, causing power outages in the southern interior,” said CBC weather specialist Craig Larkins.
Many highways and roads in southern Alberta have been blanketed with snow and RCMP are warning of icy conditions.
Several winter storm and snowfall warnings have been issued in the area by Environment Canada:
- Banff National Park: winter storm warning.
- Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Waterton: winter storm warning.
- Kananaskis and Canmore: winter storm warning.
- Nordegg: winter storm warning.
- Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail and Stettler: snowfall.
- Rocky Mountain House and Caroline: snowfall.
A freezing rain warning has also been issued for the Medicine Hat area.
“A band of freezing rain is expected to develop in far southern Alberta late overnight tonight and move slowly northeastward,” said Environment Canada on its website.
“Medicine Hat and the Cypress Hills will be affected by this band of freezing rain before it moves into Saskatchewan and dissipates late Thursday morning.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.”