Temperatures to slightly warm up, but snow on the way across the Prairies
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 6:02 PM -
It was a bitter cold week across the Prairies, but some relief is in sight.
Wind chill warnings have finally ended across the region, but now forecasters are watching for a disturbance from the Pacific coast to bring snow to extreme southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
"A series of troughs will bring light snow to southern Alberta and Saskatchewan over the next two days," said Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "Generally, amounts will be less than 5 cm, with locally higher amounts possible."
Temperatures on Monday -- although still well below seasonal -- will offer a reprieve from the dangerous cold that was experienced over the weekend.
Bitterly cold arctic air associated with a ridge of high pressure centred over the Alberta/Saskatchewan border resulted in many record low temperatures early Saturday morning.
Weyburn, Leader, Elbow and Swift Current, Sask., set new record lows since 1962. Meanwhile, the temperature in Regina plummeted to an astonishing -38.8°C, setting a new record since 1972 which was -37.2°C.
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In addition, a few other locations came close to setting all-time lows. Kindersley was just .1°C shy of breaking a 42-year old record. And in Manitoba, Winnipeg recorded a minimum temperature of -37°C, close to the record of -37.8°C set in 1962.