Albertans will enjoy a brief respite from winter's frigid grip later this week.
Although most of the Prairies will continue to experience light flurries Wednesday and could see snow accumulations of 1-3 cm, by Thursday the mercury will be climbing steadily in Alberta, according to Brian Dillon, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.
“We're going to see a big jump in temperature for both Edmonton and Calgary a good 5-10 degrees,” he said.
By Thursday, both cities will have temperatures above 0°C.
But while Alberta enjoys above-seasonal temperatures, Manitoba will continue to experience temperatures a bit lower than usual, Dillon said.
Overall, though, the forecast looks calm, especially when compared with the big snow and rain event making its way through Ontario and the Maritimes this week.
“Usually when there's a big storm in the east, we don't tend to see a lot of activity in the west,” Dillon explained.