By Mabell, Dave on January 7, 2020.
Brace yourself – and bundle up!
Winter is heading to southern Alberta. And with temperatures predicted as low as -25 C by the weekend, it’s not looking like a brief encounter.
About five cm of snow can be expected today, according to forecasters at the Weather Network, while temperatures will hover around -4 C.
And while Wednesday will bring momentary relief, with a high close to 2 C, more flurries are likely before the temperature dips to -13 C overnight. More snow is expected Saturday, followed by an overnight low of -20 C – time to plug in the block heater!
Much colder conditions are forecast elsewhere on the Prairies, with windchill factors predicted to hit -32 C in Edmonton and -41 C in Saskatoon by Friday.
Weather officials see no early indication of improvement next week, with Sunday’s high of -20 C and low of -25 C followed by overnight lows expected to hit -28 C on Monday and Tuesday.
Daytime highs will remain at -20 C or below until next Wednesday, when a slight moderating trend will bring afternoon temperatures up to -18 C or -16 C later in the week.
Comparatively balmy conditions are currently predicted for the Jan. 18-19 weekend, with highs of -8 C falling to -14 C overnight.
And Weather Network reports for later in the month offer hope for further improvement. Historical averages show highs of -8 C and lows of -14 C as typical for Jan. 20, year over year. But by month’s end, things usually warm up closer to zero in the afternoon and -10 C overnight.
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