Downlsoping winds that picked up in intensity Friday in southern Alberta will hang on Saturday morning before relaxing. Gusts could still hit 110-120 km/h in some areas, potentially impacting travel and even larger vehicles such as transport trucks. Gusty winds will linger in the extreme southern foothills in the afternoon, but nowhere near as strong as they are currently. More on when the winds will die down, plus a look at the very mild pattern that kicks off December, below.
Persistent downsloping winds will ease Saturday morning, but gusts over 100 km/h still possible
Gusty winds of 50-60 km/h will linger in the afternoon along extreme southern foothills
Very warm pattern sets up over the Prairies for the start of December
SATURDAY MORNING: DAMAGING WIND THREAT WILL DIMINISH ACROSS SOUTHERN ALBERTA
After the potentially damaging winds peaked Friday night, stretching eastward along Highway 2 and Highway 4, with the worst of it staying south of Calgary, they will wind down through Saturday morning. Local gusts of 110-120 km/h are still possible in some areas in the morning hours.
Wind warnings are still in effect, cautioning of potential damage to buildings, such as roof shingles and windows, as well as changing and dangerous road conditions due to the high winds. Once winds drop below warning criteria, they will drop.
This may be enough to catch some drivers off guard, especially since there's been a lack of this wind strength for more than a year for some places.
Winds will ease off considerably by late Saturday morning, but will remain somewhat gusty in the afternoon along the extreme southern foothills. This is resulting from a front tracking eastward into Saskatchewan and high pressure building in, reducing the winds drastically. However, gusts of 50-60 km/h will linger before completely dying down in the evening.
NEXT WEEK: WARM PATTERN TAKES HOLD, TEMPERATURES RISE 10-15+ DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
By the start of next week, parts of the Prairies may become the envy of the national weather pattern, as well above seasonal temperatures take hold through the start of December.
The warmup will quickly spread from west to east across the region, with daytime highs soaring 10-15+ degrees above seasonal for most of the week.
The very mild pattern will continue into the second week of December, though Manitoba will trend cooler.
Be sure to check back for the latest weather updates in your area.