What to Expect
The weather in this area is truly unpredictable. Plan for varied conditions.
The region sees quick changes of weather along with a variety of conditions depending on where you are. Even the short drive from Nordegg to Abraham Lake can make the difference between being in a storm and a sunny day.
Finding a reliable weather forecast for the region can be a challenge, mainly due to the lack of weather stations available to forecasters covering a large a diverse region. We use Windy and SpotWx as our main forecasting tools since they provide more localized forecasts once you become familiar with their features and the region.
The latest forecast for the hamlet of Nordegg.
Curious about the conditions in Nordegg? Here’s the current view looking northwest from the back corner of the Nordegg Canteen. You can see the Rockies on the left and Shunda Mountain (Baldy Fire Lookout) on the right.
Internet in Nordegg is notoriously unreliable. If you’re only seeing a partial image it means our internet slowed down too much to upload an image. Check back again in 10 minutes to see if the next upload is successful.
Visit 511.alberta.ca for the latest road conditions and to see current images from their highway camera at the Nordegg Ranger Station.
Abraham Lake is where the mountain weather systems meet the prairie weather systems. Forecasting what the weather will be like that day is often a challenge and things can look completely different if you are at Preacher’s Point or at Windy Point.
One of the best forecasts is usually from mountain-forecast.com for the base of Mount Michener, near one of the best areas for the ice bubbles. For other areas, use tools like Windy and SpotWx to find more localized forecasts. Make sure to also have a look at the forecasts for Saskatchewan River Crossing and the Icefields Parkway to see what’s happening to the west.
511 Alberta is your best option for current road conditions in the region. They also have a webcam at the Nordegg Ranger Station.
For those looking to head out on the water, rivers.alberta.ca provides current information on flow level and the water level on Abraham Lake. They also have webcams that are updated daily at the Bighorn River, Cline River and Siffleur River.
Photopills is the app we use the most to plan tours around sunrise and sunset. It provides the ability to estimate the time when the sunburst happens on various peaks and when the sun disappears behind the mountains at the end of the day.