Fall is still two weeks away, but Mother Nature clearly has different weather plans for Alberta.
People around the province woke up to snow Monday morning, after an "unseasonably cold Arctic airmass" descended over the province Sunday evening.
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for Airdire, Cochrane, Hinton, Grande Cache, Kananaskis, Canmore, Nordegg and area, Okotoks, High River, Rocky Mountain House, Whitecourt, and Edson.
More than five centimetres is expected to fall across much of the province, including Calgary and Edmonton.
People in Alberta's major cities took to Twitter Monday morning, to lament the early snowfall.
— Rob Williams (@RobWilliamsCTV) September 8, 2014
You know you're from Calgary when you leave the snow brush in your car all year. #YYC— Jim Tubman (@jbtubman) September 8, 2014
The real snowfall winner (or loser, depending on how you look at it), is Grande Cache, whose residents woke up to several centimetres of snow.
Wow....a surprise early snowfall in the mountains. Woke up to this in Grande Cache this morning. pic.twitter.com/kv1uyUWrjx— Rob Bonnett (@Bonnett17) September 8, 2014
This is from my daughter up in grande cache, ab pic.twitter.com/F2xILUd2JR— jimmibarnes (@gopherboy316) September 8, 2014
This is from my daughter up in Grande Cache, Ab pic.twitter.com/hAzAEwzDf1— jimmibarnes (@gopherboy316) September 8, 2014
The snow in Grande Cache was so heavy and thick, it cut power to many homes.
Power out in Grande Cache due to heavy, wet snow. Crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Updates will follow.— ATCO Electric (@ATCOElectric) September 8, 2014
It could always be worse, however. As the Calgary Herald points out, on September 19, 1895, 19 centimetres of snow fell on Calgary.
Also, this unseasonable fit isn't expected to last long. As the week goes on, the weather will improve. Temperatures around many parts of the province will climb back into the high teens or low 20s by the end of the week.
Check out some of the images of snow captured in Alberta already this season: