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Prairies: Highs struggle to reach -30C as dangerously cold conditions lock in

Thursday, January 9th 2020, 8:41 pm - Snow continues across the eastern Prairies through Thursday as temperatures plummet and a deep freeze takes hold for the weekend.

Short-lived bursts of snow will round out the week temperature-wise on the Prairies, but the big story will be temperatures plunging into the -20s for many areas, and feeling colder still over the weekend as a frigid airmass locks in well into next week. More on the incoming deep freeze, below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2019/2020 for an in-depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the spring season next year


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brief shot of snow for northern Alberta and Saskatchewan Friday, some chance for brief snow in southern Alberta as well
  • Temperatures plunge Friday, will remain dangerously cold across the Prairies into next week
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

FRIDAY: BRIEF BURST OF SNOW, TEMPERATURE PLUNGE BEGINS__

Some lingering snow closed schools across parts of northern and eastern Manitoba on Thursday, while snowfall warnings ended for southern parts of the province early in the day with less than 10 cm reported for the city of Winnipeg.

There's a dash of snow ahead once again Friday for the Prairie region, though largely confined to northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, with perhaps a short-lived band moving quickly across parts of northern Alberta through the day. Amounts aren't expected to be anything to write home about:

The bigger story will be the cold. Temperatures began the plunge Thursday night, and by Friday morning, temperatures will be on their way to being 10-20 degrees below normal.

WEEKEND AND BEYOND: DEEP FREEZE, DANGEROUSLY COLD WEATHER SETTLES IN

Temperatures remaining frigid through the weekend and into next week as well. These will be the coldest temperatures experienced by the region in weeks, with daytime highs below -20°C, feeling closer to -30 with the wind chill.

The absolute coldest wind chills will be shifting eastward through the weekend, settling into Manitoba by Sunday.

By next week, an even deeper freeze will engulf the Prairies -- with daytime highs expected to dip into the negative 30s and wind chills making it feel like -40 in some central and northern areas. That's as a cross-polar flow brings some of the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere into northwestern Canada.

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By next week, many areas, including Edmonton, will be looking at their coldest daytime high temperatures this century. The records will be challenged for four days across much of the Prairies.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.

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