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Colder Than Normal Winter Expected

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Colder Than Normal Winter Expected

While it may not feel like it, today is the first official day of winter.

Temperatures will be unseasonably warm for the next couple of days before it drops below normal for Christmas.

Environment Canada Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips tells Mix News this winter will have a yo-yo effect, going from thawing to a polar vortex deep freeze.

“I think at times you will wish you were somewhere else. But there will be something for everybody. People who like to go snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing will have their moments. Others who don’t like winter, there will be moments where there will also be sharing of what the season has ahead.”

So far this year, Phillips says we’ve already seen seven days below -30.

“Last year at this time you had none of those. You’ve had more snow than you normally would get, you’ve had about 32 cm of snow on the ground.”

And that snow is good news heading into spring, Phillips notes we’ve had 100 millimetres more precipitation this fall compared to last year.

“So, there’s more sitting on the ground. The forests have sucked that moisture up on the forest floor and so things are in much better condition right now, as we speak, than they were at this time last year. My sense is this winter will be clearly in sharp contrast than last year”

As for Christmas, Phillips says we can expect a bit more snow but it will be colder than normal.

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