Environment Canada says parts of southern Alberta will see a mix of rain and possibly 5 to 10 cm of snow as well in some places.
Some much-needed precipitation is on the way for parts of southern Alberta and this weekend we could see a little bit of everything.
Environment Canada's Kyle Fougere says it has been extremely dry the last several weeks and precipitation is in very short supply. "So far in April there has only been 0.8 mm of precipitation in Lethbridge. The average for the month (April) is closer to 33 mm. It looks like we are going to see some precipitation this weekend, however it may be in the form most people would prefer to not see it in."
Fougere says parts of southern Alberta could see 5 to 10 cm of snow Friday night through Sunday, with higher amounts in the mountains and the Calgary area. He notes things could change slightly as the weekend approaches, however we should be prepared for rain to start on Friday and likely change to a rain snow mix or just snow into Saturday.
A low pressure system will move through southern Alberta and form in Montana and spread that precipitation into the Lethbridge area. He says the snow potential is for Saturday and Sunday.
Fougere says there is a major need for precipitation across the prairies with Natural Resources Canada's fire weather index indicating extreme wildfire conditions for parts of Alberta and a good portion of neighbouring Saskatchewan.