Bit­ter cold in city to con­tinue, with lit­tle re­lief in sight

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Cal­gar­i­ans liv­ing un­der an ex­treme cold warn­ing should feel some re­lief in the com­ing days, but it won’t be much.An En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist said a pre­lim­i­nary forecast sug­gests next week won’t be much warmer than the im­me­di­ate seven-day freeze-frame.“Look­ing ahead, I sus­pect we’ll be see­ing more next week of what we’ll get at the end of this week,” said Kyle Fougere. “The pat­tern doesn’t seem to change too, too much.”The week that be­gan with flur­ries and a high of -21 C, but with a wind chill of -35 C. It is ex­pected to mod­er­ate slightly but will still re­main far colder than the norm for this time of year — a max­i­mum daily tem­per­a­ture of 0 C.It comes as winds have driven tem­per­a­tures in some parts of the province to the dan­ger­ous equiv­a­lent of -50 C.Tues­day’s high is ex­pected to reach -17 C but the wind will make it feel more like -24 C, ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada.It’s those kinds of con­di­tions that have led to an ex­treme cold warn­ing from the fed­eral agency, which in­cludes cau­tions about frost­bite, hy­pother­mia and the wel­fare of pets.Through to Sun­day, the mer­cury isn’t forecast to budge any higher than the mid-mi­nus teens with the frosti­est day ex­pected to be Satur­day’s -17 C.Overnight lows are ex­pected to linger around the -20 C mark or slightly below.A chance of flur­ries Thurs­day and Fri­day is also in the forecast.On Mon­day morn­ing, me­chan­i­cal prob­lems dogged CTrain ser­vice and bad weather slowed buses a day af­ter power out­ages shut down the 7th Av­enue train line.That in­tense cold had Al­berta Elec­tric Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor (AESO) brac­ing for a power con­sump­tion record that could sur­pass the mark of 11,697 MW set on Jan. 11, 2018.“Peo­ple are us­ing more of their ap­pli­ances, heaters, turn­ing up their power,” said AESO spokes­woman Tara De­weerd.A week ago, due to some of Al­berta’s gen­er­a­tion be­ing off-line, the province had to im­port en­ergy from B.C., Mon­tana and Saskatchewan, but that shouldn’t be re­quired now, she said.On Mon­day, a light overnight snow added to slip­pery driv­ing con­di­tions lead­ing to 129 col­li­sions re­ported to city po­lice be­tween mid­night and noon, 11 of those in­volv­ing in­juries.On av­er­age, De­cem­ber was 3.7 C above the norm while Jan­uary saw tem­per­a­tures 5.8 C warmer, said En­vi­ron­ment Canada’s Fougere.“The prob­lem is, it was so warm for so long, it’s got­ten un­bear­able,” he said. “It’s been well below nor­mal for al­most all of Fe­bru­ary.”A stub­born Arc­tic sys­tem has stalled over Al­berta with lit­tle in the forecast to dis­lodge it, he said.“Once you get that cold Arc­tic air en­trenched in the province, it’s hard to push it out,” said Fougere.

Jana McDon­ald keeps her dogs Lacey, left, and Joe warm by lay­er­ing them with some ex­tra clothes, at Eau Claire, as the city re­mained in a deep freeze on Mon­day. Tues­day’s high is ex­pected to reach -17 C but the wind will make it feel more like -24 C.

D.J. Dou­glas cre­ates his own mini bliz­zard as he clears overnight snow on a cold Mon­day af­ter­noon.

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