Intense cold front with snow squalls headed for Alberta, Environment Canada warns

Most of the southern part of Alberta is in store for an intense bout of winter weather later today as a cold front from British Columbia descends on the province. 

Up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall by Friday afternoon in the mountain parks in higher elevations and up to 10 centimetres in many other parts of the province, Environment Canada warns.

Snowfall warnings are in effect for Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Crowsnest Pass, Hinton, Grand Cache and Grande Prairie.

Environment Canada has issued snow squall watches for Calgary and areas to the north and east of the city.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common,” the agency said in its alert.

The risk of snow squalls will diminish on Friday evening as the cold front moves southward into Montana.

Wind warnings have been issued for several areas in southern Alberta, from Brooks down to the U.S. border and from Cardston to the Saskatchewan boundary. 

In the Cardston-Fort Macleod-Magrath area, westerly wind gusts as strong as 110 km/h are expected to develop Friday morning, switching to northerly gusts later in the day.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break,” the agency said.

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