Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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Winter Storm WATCH: All southern Alberta

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Winter Storm WATCH issued for all of southern Alberta including the Lethbridge region.

A significant winter storm will affect southern Alberta this weekend. The first system will cause snow in the Pincher Creek and Cardston regions starting Friday overnight. The snow will spread northeastwards Saturday morning with the heaviest band running from Brooks to Hanna to Oyen. About 5 cm is expected in this band, except possibly 10-15 cm in the foothills. Areas to the south of the heaviest snow will see a mix of rain and snow.

As the first system moves off, another round of snow will begin in the Pincher Creek and Cardston regions late Saturday morning. This snow will spread northeastwards from Pincher Creek to Medicine Hat by Saturday evening, and taper off Sunday evening. Another 25-30 cm of snow is expected by the time the storm ends. Strong northerly winds are expected to create widespread blowing snow with blizzard-like conditions possible starting Saturday night and lasting into Sunday.

Total snowfall amounts will range from 30-40 cm, with locally higher amounts near 50 cm possible in the Pincher Creek region.

Avoid travel if possible.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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