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Snowfall warnings in effect for parts of southern Alberta

After basking in weeks of warm weather, southern Alberta residents may need to dig out their shovels this weekend as parts of the region could receive up to 25 centimetres in the first significant snowfall of the season.

Environment Canada said Saturday that up to 15 centimetres accumulated overnight in some areas, with another five to 10 centimetres expected by Sunday morning.

“Heavy wet snow accumulating on trees with remaining foliage may break branches, which could result in power disruptions,” the agency said.

Warnings were issued for the following areas:

snowfall warnings in effect for parts of southern alberta
Snow on the ground near Okotoks earlier on Friday. After a warm autumn, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for parts of southern Alberta, including Okotoks. (Linda McLean)

Environment Canada warned that people should prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” it said. “Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow.”

As of Saturday night, the snowfall warning was lifted for Calgary, but remained in other areas.

WATCH | Some areas of the province are already seeing snow on the ground:

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Snow falls in Black Diamond as first signs of winter appear

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Residents of Black Diamond, Alta., about an hour southwest of Calgary, were treated to a gentle snowfall Friday afternoon.

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