Numerous minimum temperature records have fallen in Alberta during the current bitter cold snap.

In and around Cochrane we did indeed break some records for overnight lows.   

Monday, December 19, 2022, our overnight low temperature dropped to minus 36.9 degrees Celsius breaking the old record set in 1990 of minus 32.7 degrees Celcius.  

On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, we broke another 1990 record of minus 35.3 degrees Celcius with a new record of minus 37.8 degrees Celcius.     

Fortunately, there is an end in sight for the extreme cold. Natalie Hasell, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Climate Change Canada says, “Model data is suggesting that we shall see a bit of a jump in temperatures for Friday and another jump for Christmas Day itself, closer to seasonal at the very least.” 

Seasonal temperatures for this time of year are minus five degrees Celcius for the daytime high and minus 17 for the low.  

What about snow for Christmas?

Hasell says, “Right now the forecast is calling for a mix of sun and cloud and cloudy periods. There might actually be a bit more than that going on but it is a little far to really pin this down. So, do not be surprised if you have some precipitation on Christmas. Some models are not painting that at all and some models are painting quite a lot. It is not really clear exactly when or exactly where.” 

Next question, what about after Christmas and toward New Year’s weekend? Hasell says, “Most models are painting temperatures around the minus-five mark during the day. There is some variability in the model answers but, the more likely answers are somewhere around minus five and minus 10  for between Christmas and New Year’s for the Cochrane area.” 

On the bright side, after the frigid temperatures we have been through lately, even a minus 20-degree temperature will feel like a warm-up!