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Winter weather persists in southern Alberta

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Westwind Weekly

Peggy Revell
Southern Alberta Newspapers

It definitely wasn’t an early spring, and the so-called “six more weeks of winter” is getting long in the tooth — the current forecast is a good indicator on how groundhogs aren’t exactly reliable weathermen.
Following the dump of snow over the Easter weekend, a mix of sun and clouds was expected for April 3 and 4 with a high of 2C that will feel more like -3C, according to the Weather Network.
Tuesday and Wednesday overnight were expected to dip to -11C, with a chance of flurries overnight Wednesday.
Today is expected to be a chilly -4C that feels more like minus-eight, and dropping down to minus-10 overnight.
The below-zero temperatures are expected to continue into Friday, with flurries expected there as well.
Environment Canada is saying Saturday and Sunday also hold the possibilities of snow or rain showers.
The Weather Network pegs the amount of snowfall at just under one centimetre.
Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips blames a polar vortex for the current spring cold snap, with the wintery weather possibly persisting until the end of the month in the Prairies.
In some parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, lows of -27 C with windchill were reached on April 2.
The record low temperature in the Raymond area on April 2 was minus-24.4 set in 1936, while the record high was 16.7 set in 1961, according to information from Environment Canada.
The record snowfall in the region was 3.8 cm cm in 1968.

— With files from Jeremy Appel

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