Central Alberta braces for another spring snow storm

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail and Stettler.

Winter hasn’t eased its icy grip yet.

Environment Canada said snowing is already falling south of Red Deer and warns much as 30 cm of snow is expecting to fall in parts of Central Alberta through tonight. The snow will hit hardest south of Red Deer and drivers are being advised to avoid travelling if possible.

“It’s snowing in Olds, it’s snowing in Sundre, it’s snowing in Calgary. It’s snowing all the way to the southwest of you,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Coldwells at 1 p.m.

“If you happen to be in that area southwest of Red Deer you’re probably going to be looking at 30 cm of snow.”

The blast of winter-like conditions is expected to extend as far north as Ponoka to just south of Calgary.

Red Deer is likely to get only a few hours of respite before the snow hits this evening.

“In Red Deer itself, it probably will start switching off to wet snow sometime after the sun begins to set and you could be looking at some snow in the city as well. I think worst case you’re probably looking at 10 cm of snow for the city.”

Most of the snow will have melted by noon Thursday and highs of around 3C are predicted.