Communities surrounding Edmonton hit by May snowstorm

Some communities surrounding Edmonton were hit with a dump of May snow Monday morning.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings on Monday for several communities including Devon, Calmar, Spruce Grove, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt, Drayton Valley, Morinville and Edson.

“There is a pocket of cold air over western parts of the province, which allowed the rain to change to snow quickly as of Sunday evening and overnight,” Global Edmonton weather specialist Phil Darlington said.

While the warnings currently encompass areas west of Edmonton, areas east of the city also reported snow.

“Heavy snow continues this morning for portions of west central Alberta,” said the Environment Canada alert.

The weather agency is also warning that the snow is rapidly accumulating and drivers should use caution when travelling.

The full list of communities currently under snowfall warnings is available online.

May snowfall warnings are not uncommon in Alberta.

Edmonton itself is not expected to see snowfall Monday, but will be wet with periods of rainfall throughout the day.

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