A trend change is on its way to Western Canada, one that will see generally milder temperatures replaced by biting cold.
“What we are seeing is a big change in the weather pattern. For most of January we’ve had some really warm temperatures,” said Scott Kehler, president and chief scientist of Weatherlogics in Winnipeg. “A lot of cold air that was previously contained in the Arctic is going to come south and bring us a prolonged period of extreme cold.”
The colder temperatures will arrive later this week and into the weekend, likely hanging around for up to two weeks, he said.
Kehler forecast highs in the upper minus teens degrees Celsius to the low minus 20s. Overnight lows are to push down into the high minus 20s and low minus 30s degrees C.
Even colder temperatures, down into the minus 40s, are unlikely, but Kehler warned it may feel that cold with the windchills.