Plunging temps, bitter cold wind chill values in the Prairies this weekend
Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:29 -
As spring settles in this weekend, it will be tough to find signs of the season anywhere across the country.
Widespread cold and below seasonal conditions are forecast, including in the Prairies where temperatures are taking a dramatic dip.
"Temperatures have begun to plunge across the region, with bitterly cold wind chill values expected in the afternoon," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm.
The daytime high across all three Prairie provinces is expected to be in the minus teens on Friday, feeling closer to the -20s with the wind chill.
To put that into perspective, the climate normal in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan ranges from 2 to 5°C at this time of year.
These frigid temperatures follow heavy snow that welcomed the first day of spring on Thursday.
"An Alberta clipper caused widespread blowing and drifting snow across much of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday, leading to treacherous road conditions," Soderholm adds.
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