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Temperatures set to plummet in the Prairies

Freezing temperatures return this weekend
Freezing temperatures return this weekend

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 4, 2011 — Keep your extra sweaters and winter coats handy. Temperatures are plunging as an Alberta clipper moves through.

Snowfall totals expected through the weekend
Snowfall totals expected through the weekend

It's been a familiar pattern recently for those living in the Prairies. Sunshine and above seasonal daytime highs throughout the week, and snowy conditions with freezing temperatures over the weekend.

It was just last weekend when several places were feeling like -40 and -50 with the windchill. Up to 20 cm of snow fell in southern Alberta as well.

And this weekend will be a similar story. “Calgary for example, saw daytime highs near 10°C on both Thursday and Friday this week and by Sunday, the city will be shivering in -9 degree weather,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The frigid air that's funneling in is set to last through early next week, but it's not just the cold temperatures that people have to worry about.

“An Alberta clipper is moving through and could bring around 5 cm of snow to Calgary and up to 10 cm in Edmonton.” Dillon adds between 15 and 30 cm is likely in higher elevations.

A backlog of transports on the Trans-Canada Friday
A backlog of transports on the Trans-Canada Friday

Strong winds could result in blowing snow with near zero visibilities through Saturday. Officials are warning motorists to slow down and adust their driving habits accordingly.

Freezing rain and deteriorating road conditions hit southern Manitoba Friday morning. That lead to several accidents and dozens of road closures. Temperatures are expected to plummet across the province as well this weekend.

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