It's time to bundle up and make sure the heat is working at home because it's going to be a cold one. The Prairie weather forecast for this weekend and next week is predicting some cold air from Siberia coming over the region. To make matters worse, this freezing forecast says it will be the coldest air of the season. 

This weekend and through to next week, freezing arctic air will settle in mainly over Manitoba and Saskatchewan, making for less-than-favourable weather conditions.

Cold air moving across the pole from Siberia in what's called a  "cross-polar flow" will hit Canada's central region and temperatures will dip down below seasonal.

"Temperatures will feel like some of the coldest January days that we get, especially across parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba," said meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal of The Weather Network.

This blast of frigid arctic air will bring daytime highs down to -20 C and even lower than that through the weekend and into next week. The wind chill will make it feel like -30 C in some places and in Churchill, it'll feel like -40 C.

 

As bad as this sounds, the Weather Netowork warns that it definitely could be worse.

"Only fairly light winds are expected, which is a good thing because wind chills into the -30s for several days could have been much worse with stronger winds," said Whittal.

While Manitoba and Saskatchwen get the worst of it, they aren't alone.

It won't be as cold in Alberta, but some parts could see the windchill dip down to -20 C and light snow from 5 to 20 centimetres in southern parts of the province.

By the end of next week, this freezing cold air mass from Siberia will be on the move, pushing east into Ontario and giving Manitoba and Saskatchewan a break.

Winter doesn't officially arrive until December 21 but it's already making itself known here. Time to break out the layers, a warm jacket, boots, and gloves.


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