Alberta Foothills Weather

January 26

A winter storm watch has been out all day for the arrival of tomorrow’s nasty weather. The NavCan forecast says the front will arrive here at 5am with 65km/h north winds and snow, clearing around noon, then blowing snow. The EC weather watch says it will arrive tomorrow night. The temps have dropped and winds are blowing in Grande Prairie already.
Whenever it arrives, it still looks cold. Lots of -40s and -50s on the surface temp forecast maps for Tuesday and Wednesday, windchills could be ugly.

Today was a beautiful day, up to +1 this afternoon, a perfect opportunity to get everything done outside before shack up time tomorrow. A pair of oil changes, some tinkering on the sled trailer and a few garage tasks burned up the afternoon.
As the sun was going down, we could see the hook of a low forming over Sundre so we went a few miles south to watch the backlit stacks of clouds forming on the north side. As we were cloud watching, we noticed what looked like smoke on the horizon to the west. Upon closer inspection, you can see it is blowing snow from Burntstick and Cow lakes whipping to the south. Then you can see the emissions from the Caroline Shell plant, blowing north at a good clip. Can’t be more than 10 miles between the two different wind streams. Wonder if they had any snow devils out there.

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