2015 came in with a fairly mild, albeit snowy, bang this week, but that will change as everyone heads back to work and school next week.
Environment Canada Senior Climatologist David Phillips says we can expect some frigid weather next week.
“We’re seeing some mild temperatures and then some brutally cold temperatures. We may see temperatures that are about 3 or 4 degrees warmer than normal, but oh my gosh, once the festive season is over, we’re going to see some cold Arctic air, Siberian air!”
But Phillips is feeling very optimistic about what the rest of winter will bring for the Grande Prairie area.
“I think we’re going to see some melting temperatures, some cold temperatures, not like last winter which seemed to go on forever and certainly was on the cold side. So I think we’re going to see temperatures that are closer to normal, more pacific air, and something for everybody, that seems to be what our models are suggesting.”
Phillips says he expects we will experience a bit of a roller coaster of winter weather this year, with several patches of single digit temperatures along with colder stretches over the next couple of months.