The first snowfall of the year always comes as a bit of a surprise, especially when it happens in August.
Snow began to fall in Alberta's Rocky Mountains Friday, as well as in several areas of western and southern Alberta.
The folks at Lake Louise ski resort shared photos as snow fell at the summit:
Here today, gone tomorrow. Check out our live webcam of a snowy summitAugust 21, 2015
... while several people in the town of Cadomin, situated in the foothills about 300 kilometres west of Edmonton, shared photos of a light skiff of snow:
There were even some snowflakes spotted in Calgary:
Temperatures across the province plummeted:
A special weather statement was issued for Calgary and areas to the north and east, calling for continued rainfall into Friday evening.
Snow in Alberta today. Tell me again why everyone is jumping ship and moving there???— Jamie Luscombe (@DaNerdling) August 21, 2015
Driving to get away from wildfires on the BC border, but apparently towards snow in Alberta. Actually considering turning back around.— Blisimo (@blisimo) August 21, 2015
While the end of summer is still a month away, it's not uncommon for Alberta to see snow in August and early September. Last year, ski hills reported near whiteout conditions the first week of September.
And let's not forget about SNOWTEMBER.
The good news, however, is that Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to return to seasonal by Sunday — meaning the snow won't stay and we still have some summer to cling to.
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