No place knows winter like Canada knows winter. Apparently, not even the North Pole.
Today, one part of the Great White North is actually colder than anywhere else in the world.
Alberta’s temperatures plummeted as low as -30°C with wind chill in the past few days, thanks to some Arctic air from the north, which meteorologists at The Weather Network are calling the “strongest cold anomaly on the planet.”
The unseasonably cold sweep — which carries the charming epithet of an “Alberta clipper” to locals — started on Saturday, hitting areas around Edmonton and Grande Prairie the hardest last night and this morning.
The early onset of winter weather has even affected farmers in the area, some of whom have had to completely cancel fall harvests due to untimely frost damage.
The temperature in Edmonton at this time of year is usually a much more mild 1°C or so.
Earlier today, Environment Canada issued several winter storm and snowfall warnings in most parts of Canada.
According to The Weather Network, Canada is going to be even colder than Antarctica and the North Pole next week as temperatures will drop to -30 C with windchill values.
According to The Weather Network, when the snow starts falling, it will enhance the cold airmass and move temperatures into record territory by Wednesday and Friday morning. This is especially true in places like Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Over the next several days, Canada 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.
“Arctic air is forecast to barrel down from the North Pole and will settle east of the Rocky Mountains,” reports The Weather Network next week temperatures will drop -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 next week .
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 week, think again. The Weather Network has stated that the arctic air will “move like molasses” and take over eastern Canada .