It’s no big surprise for anyone in Western Canada that we’re in for a cold winter this year but meteorologists are now saying that a large portion of both BC and Alberta should be prepared for colder temperatures than previously forecast.
Calgary residents will be relieved to know that even though temperatures will be particularly frigid this winter, there is no more snowfall expected than normally falls on the city. Many people dread La Niña winters, because they can bring heavy snow fall with them. This isn’t always the case however, and it’s often the case that a mild winter will deliver more troublesome snow because the warmer temperate results in wet, heavy snow that can cause a lot of property damage.
While it’s true that it’s quite difficult to accurately forecast how La Niña or El Niño climate patterns will specifically affect particular regions, meteorologists are anticipating that across Alberta temperatures might be as much as ten degrees colder than normal starting within the next couple of weeks.
What does a forecast like this mean for Calgarians?
First, it’s important to remember that it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. While currently the forecast isn’t calling for any extra snow this year, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the possibility.
Some good precautions are:
- Stock up on de-icing products or sidewalk salt to help keep your walkways safe. If you wait until later in the winter, you might find it sold out at stores.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items in case you can’t get to the store in case of a storm or snowfall. Include items that you don't mind eating cold in case you're stuck with no power to heat your food.
- Make sure that you have enough warm blankets and a reflective emergency blanket or two in case the power goes out.
- If you have any chronic lung issues, like asthma or emphysema, be aware that outdoor exercise can exacerbate these types of conditions when the temperate is very cold.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®