Alerts for: Hinton - Grande Cache

Watches

9:20 PM MST Tuesday 25 November 2014
Winter storm watch in effect for:

  • M.D. of Greenview near Grande Cache Botten and Amundson
  • M.D. of Greenview near Kakwa Wildland Prov. Park and Nose Lake
  • Willmore Wilderness Park
  • Yellowhead Co. near Big Berland and the Wildhay River
  • Yellowhead Co. near Hinton and Obed Lake Prov. Park
  • Yellowhead Co. near William A. Switzer Prov. Park

A moisture-laden Pacific frontal system will likely bring very heavy snowfall to portions of Alberta starting Wednesday night until the end of the week.

Snow will fall intermittently over the mountain parks over the next 24 hours, but heavier snowfall will begin on Wednesday night. The heavy snow will slowly move northward into Grande Cache and Whitecourt by Thursday morning and then spread eastward during the day. Storm total snowfall amounts by the time Friday evening rolls around will likely be in the 25 to 40 cm range, although some guidance indicates some locations could receive in excess of 50 cm of snow. Areas most likely hardest-hit will include Grande Cache and the Icefields Parkway, whereas the Jasper and Banff town sites will receive lesser, but still significant, amounts of snow.

This watch may be expanded to other regions over the next day and will likely be upgraded to a winter storm warning at a later time.

Winter storm watches are issued when 25 cm or more of snow is expected to fall in 24 hours or less.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please continue to monitor your local media or Weatheradio for further updates. If you would like to report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484 or send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ABStorm.

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