CALGARY – The city is in for one of the biggest cold spells in some time. Last time the city saw lows of -20 C was the end of November.
“We had a fantastic first few weeks of winter. Well above average, we were high in the positives, enjoying those chinooks. Tonight we do have our first cold front heading into the city, so overnight dropping to -19 C,” weather specialist Michelle Yi said.
She added that as the week goes on it won’t be getting better.
“[Thursday], we’re going to be warming up to -15 C. Keep in mind that is our average low, overnight low for this time of year. Now we do get a little bit of a bounce back for Friday, -6 C mainly cloudy, but then the snow is back Saturday, with a high of -15 C overnight dropping to -24 C.”
“Sunday and Monday, we are only expecting highs of -23 C and we will see those overnight lows hitting -30 C, so the risk of frostbite is high. Tuesday, we’re warming up slightly, it will be -20 C with sunshine, but we are expecting all next week to be bitterly cold as we do feel an arctic front coming in Sunday night.”
Around this time last year, the city was hit by a polar vortex causing a deep freeze.
“This is only going to be lasting for the next week or so. By next weekend we are expecting sunshine, and those temperatures to jump up, back to average, and of course that will be closer to -3 C for this time of year.”
Environment Canada agrees forecasting Friday to be the warmest day of the week at -5 C. Sunday and Monday will see highs of -23 C and overnight snow can be expected during the weekend.
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