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January 2014 Forecast: Frozen

By: Mikeman444, 5:23 AM GMT on January 02, 2014

The last month of 2013 finished of more than 3 degrees colder than average in Alberta, and closer to 15 degrees colder in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Snowfall was once again around double to norm. Totals for Nov,Dec now exceed 1m in some areas.

January 2014 Forecast For Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
Issued Jan 1 2014 10pm

Overall Colder than normal with double the normal snowfall over most areas. Could be a historic Mega freeze in Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan. The fact is that during the bitter cold we saw in November and December the AO(Arctic osculation) was strongly positive; normally this prevents the flood of polar air southward, but other factors were overpowering the positive AO. The AO looks to switch negative, though not strongly, this will only worsen the deep freeze this allowing temperatures to dip to -50C south of the 60th parallel.

Jan 1-10: Frigid cold with a few mild days. freezing rain on mild days, heavy snow.

Jan 10-20: Milder in southern Alberta. Freezing rain, heavy snow. Still bitter colder over much of the remaining areas.

Jan 20-31: Extremely cold with parts of the eastern regions reaching -50C without the wind chill. Mild air trying to move in could crate some interesting weather in Alberta

Updated: 7:38 AM GMT on January 02, 2014

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