If you live in Alberta, we’ve got some unfortunate news for you. According to The Weather Network, the coldest place on earth will be Alberta this coming weekend. Given the weather over the past couple of weeks, it’s not exactly impossible to believe, but it’s still pretty shocking.
Earlier today, Environment Canada issued several winter storm and snowfall warningsfor various parts of the province. This is hardly one of the first times this has happened recently. In September, Alberta was bombarded with snow.
According to The Weather Network, Alberta is going to be even colder than Antarctica and the North Pole this weekend as temperatures drop to -30 C with windchill values.
Over the next several days, the province will experience one of the most extreme temperature anomalies on the planet, TWN reports. If you were planning on leaving the house at all this weekend, you may want to cancel. Unless you have your snowsuit and thermal gear on.
Take a look at the overnight conditions that Alberta is up against this weekend.
“Arctic air is forecast to barrel down from the North Pole and will settle east of the Rocky Mountains,” reports The Weather Network. On Saturday evening, temperatures will begin to plummet and by Monday morning, they are expected to hit -30 C.
It is not just the temperatures that will be cooling things down, though. Powerful winds and up to 40 cm of snow are part of Environment Canada’s weather warnings for the weekend.
According to The Weather Network, when the snow starts falling, it will enhance the cold airmass and move temperatures into record territory by Sunday and Monday morning. This is especially true in and places like Edmonton and Grand Prairie.
The Weather Network was able to pull data that suggested the coldest it has ever gotten in Edmonton this time of year was -16 or -17 C. Their records date all the way back to 1959.
If you think this cold snap is only going to stick around for the weekend, think again. The Weather Network has stated that the arctic air will “move like molasses” and take over eastern Canada in the second week of November.