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Deep freeze To Stick Around


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Last Updated: March 1, 2011 4:49pmIt may be hard to grin and bear it with faces devoid of feeling, but Calgarians braving colder than usual temperatures will have to hold on through the spring.

Environment Canada meteorologist John McIntyre said abnormal subzero temperatures, which lately have included windchills in the -30Cs, are keeping an icy winter grip on our city and the unusual weather won’t be letting go for months.

“We are well below normal for this time of year — we should be getting above 0C, to plus 2C and a low of -10C, but we are well below normal temperatures,” he said.

“We are going to get a little bit of milder air due to a Pacific warm front coming in.

“(But) I don’t see the end of it either.”

McIntyre said the forecast for the next few months paints the same cold picture.

“From now until May it shows colder than normal temperatures and near normal precipitation so we’re going to get typical March snow,” he said.

He said southern Alberta has experienced below normal temperatures because of several incidences of high pressure air migrating down from the north.

“We have been seeing a series of arctic high pressure areas from Alaska and been sliding down to southern Alberta and sitting there,” he said.

The cold temperatures turned city roads into skating rinks and made the commute to work a nightmare for Calgary drivers Tuesday.

Between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., police tended to 31 minor injury accidents and 228 non injury crashes, said Insp. Paul Stacey.

The snow is likely to return Wednesday, when Environment Canada is forecasting a 60% chance of flurries with a high of -12C but windchill making it feel like -33C.

The sun should peek out on Thursday when the high is expected to be -6C and low -14C.

Friday will be cloudy with a low of -21C and high of -15C.


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