I’ve lived on the Prairies all my life — so it’s not new to me to experience a good winter storm. However, the blizzard that hit us this past weekend made it feel like the type of storm you typically see around here on New Years Day. Parts of central and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan saw 80 km/hr winds, and about two feet of snow accumulated. I’m located in southeastern Alberta, and it’s been years since we’ve seen a storm like this.
Although it personally reminded me that maybe my farmhouse doesn’t have the best sealing windows it could have, this moisture was welcomed. Last week, we were seeing 20 degrees C across much of the Prairies. The ground hasn’t seen a super hard frost, which means the Palliser Triangle will finally get to soak up some moisture and catch up for spring. And for many in the triangle that rely on irrigation — the mountains got a good dump of snow too. Hopefully, you all were able to stay safe and warm, as this is really a good news story for most farmers across the board.
Of course, Twitter was filled with pictures and videos. I compiled a few for you. As well, I started a Twitter thread, so be sure to send your pictures in to keep the conversation going and to be featured!
— Kara Oosterhuis (@KaraOosterhuis) November 9, 2020
— Jenny Hagan LostInSk (@LostInSk) November 8, 2020
Wow! Look at all the snow in #Alberta. The first photo is from Heather Gast in #Magrath, AB. The second photo was taken in #Cardston, AB, by Lori An Martin Emery. #ABstorm #ABwx pic.twitter.com/M2ARGyHHZS
— Wx Centre (@wxcentre) November 9, 2020
— Hallsy (@hallsy_30) November 9, 2020
— Brandon Houck (@HouckisPokisewx) November 8, 2020
This is what it’s like to do research in Antarctica. ??
This is my lab in the BADLANDS OF CANADA. I LIVE IN THE DESERT!
— 2 (@222_T_222) November 9, 2020
— Prairie Sprinter (@prairiesprinter) November 8, 2020
— Candace Toma (@c_woodside) November 9, 2020
— Meaghan Pribyl (@MeaghanPribyl) November 9, 2020
35 cm at Pincher Creek, AB so far. still snowing. pic.twitter.com/GsYM5A7Yhj
— Curtis Sinnott (@curtissinnott) November 9, 2020
— Megz Reynolds (@farmermegzz) November 9, 2020
— Brad Wall (@BradWall306) November 9, 2020