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Mild winter weather could stay through January: meteorologist

Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm MST

(PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Have you been out walking your dog or building a snowman this winter?

If so, you may have noticed the mild weather Calgary’s been experiencing so far this year.

“The winds have been mainly westerly and the jet stream–the river of wind in the upper atmosphere that dictates where the arctic air is and the warmer continental air is–has been moving straight across northern Alberta keeping most of Alberta in the mild sector of air,” explains 660 NEWS meteorologist Michael Kuss.

There have only been two days in January where temperatures didn’t get above freezing, but Kuss says a shift in temperatures could be coming in February and March.

“We still have the potential for a polar vortex developing and sinking down over Hudson Bay. That will drive the jet stream farther to the south, set up cold arctic air across the prairies, and potentially bring us some snow.”

On this day last year, Calgary recorded a high of around -19. Not long after, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for the city and surrounding areas with wind chills exceeding -40.

That cold warning was in place for nearly a week.