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UPDATED: Environment Canada issues winter storm warning for Canmore, Kananaskis

A winter storm warning is in place for Canmore, the MD of Bighorn and Kananaskis Country with up to 40 cm of snowfall expected throughout southwestern Alberta beginning Thursday afternoon (March 12)
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Carlos Aulos clears the sidewalk in front of the Provincial Court Building on Dec. 21. EVAN BUHLER RMO FILE PHOTO

BOW VALLEY – Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for Canmore, the MD of Bighorn and Kananaskis Country as of Thursday morning (March 12). 

According to the warning, issued at 4:38 a.m., an upcoming winter storm is expected to bring reduced visibility as a result of blowing and heavy falling snow to much of southern Alberta beginning Thursday afternoon (March 12) and lasting until Saturday (March 14). 

It stated up to 40 cm of snow could accumulate over the southwestern region of Alberta as a result of the storm.

Highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become more difficult to navigate due to accumulation of snow, as well as blowing snow conditions. 

"Unseasonably cold temperatures will settle in over the province in the wake of the storm, beginning Friday (March 13)," stated the winter storm watch. "Temperatures are expected to remain colder than normal until early next week."

The forecast for Canmore on Friday currently has a high of -15 C and low of -24 C. For Saturday, the forecast is for a high of -21 C and low of -26C. 

Cardston, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge and Taber are all currently under a winter squall warning in addition to a winter storm watch. 

The winter storm watch was also issued for Brooks, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Strathmore, Vulcan, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, and High River.

For up to date weather conditions, go to Environment Canada's page for public weather alerts for Alberta. For up-to-date road conditions check 511 Alberta and DriveBC websites.

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