After several days of temperatures hovering between -30 and -40 degrees Celsius, with windchill nearing -60, Environment and Climate Change ended its extreme cold warning on Monday.
Airdrie residents and much of Alberta may have a brief reprieve from the cold weather in the coming days. Local forecasts are showing that by Saturday, daily highs may reach -5 degrees; though nighttime lows will still hover between -18 and -28. And, as far as winter driving conditions are concerned, they will not be ending as soon as many motorists would have liked.
Monday night will bring flurries, which will continue on and off till at least Wednesday. Motorists are asked to continue to be prepared for winter driving conditions and are being reminded by the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) to continue to plug in their cars if temperatures fall below -15.
The frigid temperatures tested not only motorists' cars but also Alberta's electrical grid system. From Friday till Monday, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) issued four grid alerts in as many days. A grid alert on Saturday afternoon prompted the Alberta Emergency Alert System to be activated, with residents being implored to conserve energy to avoid rotating blackouts.
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