Weather network predicts Christmas warm-up

Eric Bell
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 The Prince Albert area is due for a warm up over the Christmas holiday, according to the Weather Network.

“It looks like we’ve been a little bit cold as of late and we expect the cold weather to continue, but start to break off a little towards Christmas eve or Christmas day,” Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese said.

The warmer weather won’t last long, however.

“We expect these up and down temperature trends to continue,” Vettese said. “Between Christmas and New Years we expect the temperatures to go up just a little bit and then we will go cold again for a week. We expect these ups and downs to continue right through the winter.”

Vettese said that it is “probable” that Prince Albert will have snow on Christmas, though it likely won’t be more than a light dusting.

“There’s just one system over the prairies during Christmas that will bring a little bit of snow, and another system around New Year’s eve that could bring a little bit of snow as well,” Vettese said, noting that precipitation for the month is considerably less than it was at this time last year.”

Road conditions for Christmas travel should be fair, but Vettese warns drivers to be careful of blowing snow.

 “It doesn’t take a lot to get blowing snow in Saskatchewan, so I would stay aware of that,” Vettese said. “The roads should be okay though as we won’t see any freezing rain or blizzards anytime soon.”

In terms of temperature, Prince Albert has been below normal for most of November and December.

“We’ve certainly been below normal, averaging six to seven degrees below normal for December,” Vettese said. “And we averaged about three degrees below normal for November as well.”

Vettese fully expects the current weather trends to continue, saying that there is much more frigid weather to come in 2014.

“The pattern is just going to continue like this where we will see these clippers come out of the Rockies and the arctic regions then come south across the prairies bringing  a lot of cold with it,” Vettese said. “Then it will warm up a bit, and repeat.”

Saskatchewan isn’t the only province seeing cold weather. Most of Canada has already experienced winter weather, something Vettese is surprised by.

“Basically the whole country has seen snow at this point, and that’s not something we can usually say at this point in the year,” Vettese said. “Two winters ago the country basically didn’t have any snow. Last year we had a bit, but the main story these past few weeks has been the stormy, wintery weather across the whole country.”

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, New Years, Canada

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