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Prairies: Widespread snowfall, 'feels like' factor of -40s

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a close up of text on a black background © Provided by Pelmorex Media Inc. The Prairies have been locked in the deep freeze this week, and the worst is yet to come as Arctic air settles down over the region through the rest of this week. Dangerous wind chills will persist into the weekend for Manitoba, and while the west will see some moderation courtesy of intruding milder air from British Columbia, it comes at a snowy price. We take a look at how cold it gets -- and which drought-prone area may be seeing some snow before the week is out -- below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Coldest air of the season so far hits the Prairies this week
  • Dangerous wind chills likely, especially for east
  • Upsloping snow in Alberta and Saskatchewan
  • Cold pattern locks in heading into February

Bitterly cold arctic air has remained well-entrenched over the Prairie provinces this week and by Friday southern Alberta will struggle to rise as high as -10oC while Winnipeg, which started the week closer to -10oC, dips down toward the -20oC mark.

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And that's not even the worst of the cold. While we're likely to see some moderation being closer to the Rockies as moist flow from the Pacific starts to encroach from the west, the core of the high sinks down over Saskatchewan and Manitoba to close out the week, bringing the coldest air -- and dangerous wind chills -- with it for Saturday.

The change begins on Sunday, as milder Pacific air starts to creep over the Rockies and collide with the Arctic high pressure further east. While that means milder temperatures again in Alberta and even into western Saskatchewan, it also means the risk for some snow -- potentially heavy snow for the southern foothills with east winds spurring some upslope enhancement. 

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While the snow may put a damper on the warm-up for some, every little bit helps for agriculture concerns amid growing worries for Alberta over the snow pack and spring and summer drought conditions.

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These chilly conditions are a precursor to what we expect for the rest of the month across the region, as a colder winter pattern locks in to take us into February.

Stay with us here at The Weather Network for your latest forecast updates.

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