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Autumn leaves are seen in Prince Albert this week.
Winter is coming, but Environment Canada still isn’t sure when it will hit Prince Albert, or how extreme the season will be.
Meteorologist Bill McCurry says there are several tools Environment Canada uses to gain a grasp of what the winter season will bring.
“We can’t really guarantee too much outside of ten days McMurty said. “But there are a few ways to predict. One of these ways is looking at the equatorial currents, but right now there are no indicators, so we’re not sure as to what way the winter could go."
McMurtry says the weather in Prince Albert is normal compared to last year, and that the next week will bring “regular fall weather.”
If the weather patterns are similar to last year, that could be an ominous sign of things to come.
Last year, Prince Albert had its first snowfall a week before Halloween on Oct. 23. By the end of the week, the airport reported 18 centimeters of snow. The white stuff remained until the late arrival of spring nearly six months later.
“Once the snow came, it stayed,” McMurty said. “When you get 18 cm of snow in October, that’s a fair amount. It was a really tough winter. “
McMurty said that Prince Albert won’t see snow this weekend, but other parts of the province very well could.
“We do have a pretty large weather system headed for the northeast part of the province this weekend,” McMurty said, noting that the bulk of the storm will be on the other side of the border in Manitoba. “It will likely just miss the Prince Albert area, although there is the possibility for rain on Friday. But P.A. is far enough west that it is expected to be unaffected. “
Motorists travelling the direction of Hudson Bay are advised to take caution, as the system is expected to move in on Friday, resulting in heavy precipitation and the possibility of snow.
On Oct. 10, 2012, Prince Albert was at 5 degrees. The record low for the Prince Albert area was on Oct. 26, 1951, when the thermometer reported a temperature of -26 degrees.