People living in or visiting southern Alberta for the next couple of weeks should be prepared for colder than normal temperatures and chilly windchills until at least early January.
Expect the Christmas long weekend to be a cold one across southern Alberta. Flurries are also in the forecast on and off over the next few days, however this region is plunging into somewhat of a deep freeze for a while. Environment Canada says temperatures are going to drop substantially in the Lethbridge area as of Christmas Eve with daytime highs around -17 and overnight low in the -25 range for a few nights. It'll feel much colder with the windchill. According to the long range forecast, no real warm up is expected until near the end of the first week of January. It's the first major cold snap of the season. - Pat Siedlecki