Airdrie and the surrounding areas have seen no snowfall in November, which will change later today. However, even with flurries slated to begin today, it is well below the historical averages.
According to historical data from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), November sees an average of between 16 to 17 centimetres of snowfall. The snowfall is forecast to begin on Wednesday afternoon and continue throughout the evening, accumulations will be no more than two to five centimetres.
"There's a low-pressure system developing just south of the border in Montana and here's going to be a cold front associated with that as the system develops," said Operational Meteorologist with ECCC, Eric Van Lochem. "Right behind that cold front, the winds are going to swing around to east and northeast. That's going to bring a little bit of upslope type of snowfall to the Airdrie and Calgary area, but it should be fairly brief and light."
However, the cold front isn't expected to last long as Friday and Saturday of this week will be above 10 Degrees Celsius, with evening lows also remaining above average. Van Lochem also underlined that long-term forecasts are speculative.
"There are some initial indications that we're going to be going [into] a colder pattern as we get into the last third of November. That being said, the mild conditions we have been seeing for the last couple of weeks are not going to last," he added. "I'm not seeing anything that indicates heavy snowfall. [However,] I wouldn't be shocked to see snowfall to close out the month."
Looking into records, November 15, 2014, saw the most snow on the ground in Airdrie with 9 centimetres.
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