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Cold weather returns to Calgary

(PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — It seems like the cold weather from February is continuing for March.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the City of Calgary and much of Alberta. Temperatures could reach between -40 to -50 with the windchill.

“This upper cold pool has basically slid south into the prairies, it’s usually migrating around the arctic and so in the winter of course it has a little more freedom and sometimes as it dives south it brings with it that surface arctic cold air,” said Robyn Dyck, Meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The average temperature for this time of year in Calgary is +2.

“It’s not so cold we’re breaking any records for Calgary, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities, but we’re still not near the normal for this time of year,” added Dyck.

However, the colder weather isn’t affecting the visitors to Banff National Park.

“Overall, I think that we are a Canadian town [with a] Canadian winter and people somewhat expect that cold,” said Angela Anderson, Senior Manager, Media Communications, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism.

Anderson adds most days it’s blue skies and sunny, so that overshadows the need to bundle up more than usual.

“It may not be the dumps and dumps of deep powder, however, it hasn’t had a chance to melt a lot so the snow is really really soft, whether it’s on the ski hills or cross country ski trails.”

The cold snap should be over by the end of the week.