Bitterly Cold Weather on the Way
Prince George, B.C. – We’re about to experience a rather drastic chilling of temperatures in the Prince George area and, in fact, virtually the entire province.
Following the third warmest November on record in our city we now have some cold weather on the way. Environment Canada operational meteorologist Ross Macdonald says as of Sunday night “we’re going to see our first real push right through the province of cold, arctic air. Certainly by the time it reaches the southern interior and even out to the south coast, it may even reach Vancouver, it will modify as it goes down there. But it will be the same kind of push of air right from the Yukon and Alaska.”
Macdonald says “right now we’re hovering around zero or plus 1, plus 2 for you guys and portions of the Cariboo. Your overnight lows have been minus 1, minus 2 but we’ll certainly see those fall too. Typically this time of year we’ve got highs of about minus 2 so we’re riding about seasonal right about now.”
“But certainly come Monday we’ll be highs of about minus 15, minus 12 and then even colder, potentially, for the middle of the week there. Highs may be only getting up to minus 20 there so quite cold and lows potentially getting as low as into the minus 30s.”
“This is going to be a really significant push of arctic air right through the province. We see these from time to time in the winter time but this is the first real push this winter.”
Macdonald says the cold may even arrive before Sunday night. “We’ve got a high on Sunday of minus 4 but we might struggle for that. Depending on how quickly the front pushes down temperatures may actually start falling during the day but certainly by Sunday night we’ll see double digit overnight lows and it’ll struggle Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and probably won’t break above minus 12, so we’re certainly going to be in it Monday to Wednesday there.”
In terms of precipitation he says “there’s not a lot of snow coming with this transition, at least initially. The trick is always when we’re punting this cold air out and how quickly it moves out. That transition from warm to cold usually does have some precipitation so sure enough we are looking at late day Wednesday and especially Thursday as being the day where we’re going to see some snow come across. Temperatures will start to warm a little bit so we will see some snow that day.” He says snowfall amounts will be relatively light, a few centimetres.
Macdonald says there will be a little moderation of temperatures on Thursday “but looking into the really long range it looks like we are into a colder regime so there’s the likelihood that those colder temperatures kind of come back with daytime highs not getting above minus 10 might return next weekend.”
“Our long-range computers models are kind of pointing at certainly quite a cold start to the month of December in your area, which is quite the contrast from last month with our third warmest November on record for Prince George. No, it’s a bit of a yoyo right? We’re going the other way now.”