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Forecast snow could impact May long weekend travel across southern Alberta

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – If you’re planning to head out this May long weekend to camp or just travel around the region, you should keep your eyes on the weather.

We’re about to see a pretty wicked change. From near record heat earlier this week to what could be record mid-May snowfall.

Special weather statements and snowfall warnings have been issued as a strong cold front moves into the province Wednesday.

Environment Canada’s Kyle Fougere says we could see anywhere from 5-15 cm of wet snow in and around Lethbridge with 15-25 cm in the southwest around Waterton, Pincher Creek, and Crowsnest Pass.

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“When we see snow at this time in the spring it always tends to be heavy, wet snow. So unfortunately, that could lead to a lot of broken branches on trees if they had leafed-out already. But, as we move into the long weekend, we are expected see very poor travel conditions, especially west of Lethbridge. Friday especially, travel conditions will likely be the worst,” said Fougere.

As Fougere mentioned regarding the impact on trees with heavy snow at this time of year, you might want to take your plants inside for a few days just to be safe.

Indications are things really won’t start to warm up again and clear out until Monday at the earliest.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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