Fort Saskatchewan will be waking up to a winter wonderland on Tuesday (Dec.14).

A snowfall warning was issued for much of central Alberta, including Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, and surrounding areas.

Environment Canada forecasted upwards of 15 cm of snow Monday evening and into Tuesday morning. 

“We’re going to see an area of snow spread across central and north-eastern Alberta today,” said Kyle Fougere, meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Heavy snow may suddenly reduce visibility at times in heavy. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. 

In addition to the dousing of the white stuff, temperatures are set to plummet this week, and Fougere says there won’t be relief any time soon. Typically, this time of year would see daytime highs around -7 C, but by the end of the week, the highs will be hovering around -20 C.

“So, as this low-pressure system moves through, we get northerly winds over Alberta, and that’s going to drag down some colder air from the Arctic,” explained Fougere. “A lot of the times when this cold Arctic air comes down and settles over the province, it just tends to stay there.”

The full forecast can be found here.