It looks like the beautiful mild weather we have been experiencing this month is about to leave. 

Snowfall warnings have been issued across the prairie provinces, and while it doesn't look like Drumheller will experience much snow, we will be seeing temperatures sink to the minus double digits.

"We have a low-pressure system developing in Alberta today. What that is going to do is, as the low-pressure system develops the winds are going to go into the northeast, and it is going to bring in this cold artist that is currently sitting to the northeast of us. Right now, there is artic air draped across Manitoba and most of Saskatchewan, but Alberta and especially southern Alberta is sitting in warmer temperatures," explained Meteorologist for Climate Change and Environment Canada, Kyle Fougere.

It is only a matter of time before the real face of winter comes out, and Fougere suggested that residents should buckle down for the long hall.

"The normal for this time of year is to have a high of -4 and a low of -15. For most of December and January we have been well above those temperatures, but this weekend with that arctic air coming in, it is going to feel quite a bit older."

He suspects by Monday we could see overnight temperatures as low as -30. He also does not recommend travel to the northern parts of the province.

"The low-pressure system moving into Alberta, is going to bring in a lot of snow but it is mostly going to be for central Alberta. Lloydminster to Edmonton and west towards Grand Prairie is just going to get a massive dump of snow. Grand Cache could see up to 50 centimetres, but down towards Drumheller the participation will be staying towards the north," concluded Fougere.

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