We’re sorry, Alberta, but we’ve got some more unsavoury weather news coming your way. Unless, of course, you like temperatures so cold that you will get frostbite if you leave any skin exposed. Weather Canada has issued several extreme weather warnings throughout Alberta, particularly in the northern parts of the province. The Alberta weather warning includes a serious dump of snow, bone-chilling temperatures, and terrible travel conditions.

If you’ve been meaning to catch up on your Christmas movies, this might just be the perfect chance. It's no secret that Alberta is immensely cold in the winter, but these temperatures are a little bit extreme.

Environment Canada has issued public weather alerts for areas such as Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, High Level, Peace River, Slave Lake, Wabasca, Westlock, and surrounding areas.

Some of the alerts include extreme cold warnings, others are in regards to snowfall. In both cases, winter is coming in a very serious way.

The warnings are active now and are expected to remain in place for the rest of the week. Wind chills will be bringing the temperature to as low as - 50 C during the nights.

“Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill,” the warning advises. They also mention an elevated risk for getting hypothermia.

If you have a pet, you should be aware of them during this cold snap. “If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside,” says the alert. 

As for the snow, a long period of snowfall is expected to amount to 10 to 20 centimetres and travellers should beware of less than ideal road conditions.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” says the report. 

Locals are advised to keep their eyes on the weather reports, especially if they plan on venturing out on the roads during this crazy weather period.

It was a cold fall and it sounds like winter might be more of the same but, you know, way worse. Though, if you're looking for a little hope, Alberta is actually predicted to have a milder winter this year. So, there's that!

Stay safe and warm out there, people and pets.


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