Alberta Foothills Weather

February 11

Enough with the wind already!
The north wind finally died off Saturday afternoon, just long enough to scrape the few cm of snow off the driveway, before it started up from the south and blasted all night and Sunday morning. The light snow that came with it, along with any loose bits from Friday, packed into a concrete slab about a foot thick across 75 feet of the driveway. Nasty job cleaning that up but at least the wind had started to fade by then and it was only -25 with the windchill Sunday afternoon.
Heavy snowfall warnings went out from Drayton Valley to Stettler around suppertime as a band of snow drifted through the area from 3pm to near midnight. Reports of 15cm around Rimbey. We got 26 flakes here.
The warmup started this morning at sunup and by noon we were above the freezing mark.

We could be roaring around here on the sleds in a few days if this morning’s GFS model comes through with it’s forecast precip amounts. It has been pretty accurate so far this winter, so I like that it’s showing almost continuous precipitation (hopefully not freezing rain), heavy at times, from now until Thursday morning. The WRF is not being so generous with the flakes, showing us in the rainshadow Wednesday morning while the GFS has us covered with snow.

50cm of fluffy stuff please

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